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Let’s play a game here! TRUE OR FALSEQ: Asics Kayanos are the best runners out.
True or False?

Q: A ‘motion control’ shoe should be worn for a pronated foot type.
 True or False?

Q: Nike Free runs are a great option for everyone.
True or False?

What are your answers?! The bottom line is that there is so much out in the media, that it becomes hard to filter through what claims are accurate!

Right now are you confident that the shoes you are wear are giving you the right support?  
Let’s have a think.

What is it that makes you buy your next pair of runners?
– is it that cushioned feel with the first few steps…
– is it because someone recommended this shoe…
– is it the COLOUR? Come on… let’s play fair here – colour is an important factor!

Getting the right shoes on your feet IS really important. Our feet are our foundations from the ground up. Just like a well built house needing a good foundation, our body is much the same. The wrong shoe CAN change our gait.

Did you know that most people are wearing one size too small? Wrongly fitting shoes causes injuries. We see it all the time. We’ve listed common ailments from shoes that are too narrow or small. Do you experience any of the following:

Common problems when shoes are too narrow:

  • Pain around the outside of the foot (pinky toe side)
  • Rubbing/blistering or callus on the sides of the big or little to
  • Blowing out the upper where the little toe sits
  • Ingrowing toenails

Common problems when shoes are too small:

  • Pain on the top of the foot or the sides of the foot
  • Rubbing/blistering or callus at the ends of the toes & heel
  • General nail thickening or bruising


How did you go with the SHOE FIT TEST?

The great thing about running shoes is that you can get half sizes and width fittings (a,b,c,d,e,ee) so it is super important to get theright fitting shoe. No excuses! Hit up your local Athlete’s Foot outlet or The Running Company to make sure you get the right fit and support. Follow the link to see the footwear advice! we give our clients every day in the clinic!


The TRUTH –

  • Asics Kayanos are a good running shoe, but for certain types of feet. Specifically those who pronate or have the feet “roll in” excessively benefit well from this shoe as when their muscles begin to fatigue more, the shoe will continue to support the feet
  • A motion control is a good option for a pronated foot type, however this is not necessary or always needed. A foot that is pronated or flat may not have any injuries or issues, in which a neutral shoe will suit well also
  • Nike Frees are a minimalistic shoe with no structure or support. For those who go to the gym and do a lot of weights it’s generally not an issue. When people are starting to clock up the km’s however this is where we see big issues!

A Podiatrist’s role in your footwear journey

At our clinic we will put you through a full service to find out what shoe type you need.

Here’s a list of what we look at to determine which shoes are right for YOU!

  • Previous injuries
  • Assessment of current shoes
  • Video walking and running analysis – with feedback immediately
  • Taking a history of your current exercise & what you’re needing the shoes for your activity

If you’re always battling with shoes that don’t feel quite right then let us help you out. We see a LOT of feet, so we have a great understanding of what particular shoes will suit you the best!

With you every step of the way!

Melissa Shiambis
Sports Podiatrist
P: (08) 7226 9901
E: melissa@podfitadelaide.com.au
W:
www.facebook.com/podfitadelaide.com!

 

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