What makes a good shoe?

by (Podiatrist)

Footwear

Footwear can play a vital role in preventing and managing injuries, as well as allow us to perform at our best. Whether it is for sport, walking, or using for work it is important you are wearing shoes that fit properly and support your feet.

Poorly fitted footwear can lead to blisters and corns, and toenails problems such as ingrown toenails or black toenails. It may also contribute to bunion formation.

What makes a good shoe?

 

  • A deep and wide toe box – This ensures the toe have enough room reducing risk of increased pressure.
  • A fastening mechanism – for example laces, a buckle or a strap. This is very important for support and stability.   A slip on shoe requires your toes to have to grip onto the shoes.  This means the muscles are working hard to keep the shoe on your foot. May lead to claw/hammer toes.
  • Strong heel counter, this is the back of the shoe, this should not be easily collapsible.
  • The shoe should flex at toe joints not the middle of the shoe
  • Have a good torsion system.

 

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Diabetes and the foot

by (Podiatrist)

Diabetes Beach FeetDiabetes is a condition in which the body’s method of converting glucose into energy is not working as it should; meaning the amount of glucose in the blood is elevated.

There are two common types of diabetes being:

Type 1, also known as insulin dependent diabetes. This usually affects children and young adults.  People with this type of diabetes require daily insulin injections.

Type 2, also known as non-insulin dependent diabetes, is by far the most common and usually affects people over the age of 40 years.

Diabetes, whether it is type 1 or 2 can cause numerous long term complications in the body, but the main one being the affect on blood supply in our body by narrowing arteries.

The most common reason a diabetic patient is administered into hospital is due to their feet.

How does diabetes affect the feet?

1. Poor circulation, causing decreased healing rates, dry skin, cold feet, cramping etc.

2. Loss of sensation. The nerves need blood supply too. This may cause numbness, burning and injury without pain.

3. Muscle weakness

4. Foot deformity

5. Ulceration

6. Amputation

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