We all know prevention is far better than a cure and we have aimed for both. If you've arrived on this page, you probably already have a foot problem and may have had expert advice on what type of footwear will work best for you. You may also be aware there are some foot conditions that improve with the right shoes, for example, Plantar Fasciitis can be cured with the correct footwear. We have assigned footwear solutions for each problem based on our experience and expertise in working for many years with our in-store customers. Nothing beats having a full foot examination and, in our case, a digital scan in our stores but, we have endeavored to help our online customers who already know what they need and have assigned footwear to each foot problem and foot shape. Almost without exception, our shoes all have removable insoles, so you can wear them with your own orthotics.
Please note, our recommendations are based on our findings only, if you have a foot problem and are not sure what footwear will be right for you and cannot get to our store, please do refer to a podiatrist and get a full assessment before making your purchase.
Prevention is - Correct shoe shape and orthotics if needed, maintaining strong, healthy feet with correct body alignment.
Cure is - Correct shoe shape, designed for your individual foot problem and supportive orthotics, leading to happier feet, improved body alignment and increased mobility.
Hammer, Claw and Mallet toes are similar conditions, causing the misshaping of the smaller toes – usually the second, third or fourth toe – where the toes are bent at the joints and cannot straighten. Arthritis or injuries are a common cause of these conditions, causing the tendons and ligaments to become unnaturally tight. Ill-fitting shoes and tight socks are also a contributing factor. Other problems can arise from Hammer toes, because the toe joint sticks out, shoes can rub the joints, leading to corns and calluses. Hammer toes can also cause stress on the ball of the foot, resulting in pain known as metatarsalgia. Sufferers of any of these toe conditions would be well suited to choose footwear with a deep toe box and square toe shape and those with hammer or mallet toes may also benefit from shock absorbing orthotics to relieve pain at the ball of the foot.
Mortons Neuroma is a condition that affects one of the nerves between the toes resulting in pain, burning and even numbness in the ball of the foot. This condition is caused by the bones squeezing a nerve and results in the irritation and thickening of the nerve between the toes, usually between the 3rd and 4th toe. Metatarsalgia is a very common foot condition, caused by ongoing excessive pressure and/or incorrectly fitting footwear which restricts the forefoot area, resulting in ball of foot pain. Women seem to be the most common sufferers of this condition, being wearers of high heels and putting excessive pressure on their feet but, runners are increasingly showing signs of this condition also. Pain relief from these conditions can be found by choosing footwear with a wide forefoot area, to give the foot space, shoes with a metatarsal relief pad incorporated into their insole, an orthotic with a metatarsal relief pad to take the pressure from the forefoot area, or shoes with rocker soles to absorb the ball of foot pressure.
The medical name for a bunion is Hallux Valgus and is a deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe. The big toe often points towards the other toes causing the attached joint to stick out. Causes of this condition can be an unusual foot function, which forces pressure to the joint area, ill-fitting, narrow shoes or those with pointed toes. Sufferers of this condition would benefit from footwear with soft, stretch leathers and fabrics that will accommodate the problem area, without restriction. The brand Fidelio is specifically designed to accommodate bunions.
Arthritis in the feet can be extremely painful, due to the fact that there are 33 joints in each foot that have a possibility to accommodate the debilitating disease. Rigid joints or fused joints have little or no mobility and it can be very difficult to source footwear that supports the foot immobilized joints, whilst encouraging the correct foot function. Footwear with thick sole units or rocker soles would be ideal for these foot conditions as they are designed to lessen the need for flex in the foot and therefore less strain and pain.
Heel pain is often caused by Plantar Fasciitis, which is inflammation of the fibrous tissue that connects the heel bone with the rest of the foot. Damage to this tissue can occur after lively activity, i.e. dancing or running, or when a person over pronates (flattening of the arch when pressure applied) and is due to the tissue being over stretched or ruptured. In older people it can simply be a case of wear and tear of the feet. Sufferers of Plantar Fasciitis need to support the soft tissues in the foot, by supporting the arch and therefore, supporting the soft tissues throughout the foot, giving the tissues time to mend. Footwear with good shock absorbency in the heel area, is good for pain relief, whilst a brand such as Finn Comfort, that specialise in great arch support, would be perfect for rehabilitation.
Sufferers of diabetes know the importance of correctly fitted shoes with no pressure points. We have selected a range of styles that our customers have told us work for them. Please do contact us if you require further guidance.