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.