Chiropody and Foot Care – Shoes

What your feet sit inside could mean the difference between staying safe and having a major fall. A chiropodist would always recommend a shoe with a comfortable fit to walk on throughout the day. Basically, a good shoe should be flexible and have a strong heel for a firm grip. With a substantial upper, your foot will be at its best feeling cushioned with the shoe adhering to its shape. If the foot is forced to change shape or size in any way, then there is something wrong with the shoe’s fit quite possibly injurious to wear. There are also risks from developing spurs, corns and calluses which can contribute to fungal infections. It’s important to look after the feet to avoid any minor aggravations accumulating into something more serious. Different shoes are designed for specific tasks so that’s what makes the job of choosing the perfect shoe a confusing one. 

Trainers and slippers are usually well-cushioned which can be more comfortable. They provide extra support so you are less likely to fall on slippery surfaces. Walking indoors with bare feet or in socks increases the chances of having an accident. Rubber soles are ideal as they are often designed with an anti-slip bottom. Any of the following will likewise provide better grip on slippery surfaces:

  • High-sided shoes 
  • Low heels 
  • Lace-ups – Good for flexibility and adjustment.

Flip-flops are best worn around the swimming pool or shower areas to safeguard against contracting athletes foot and verrucas, those little irritations that soon build up. However, wearing sandals and flip flops for the majority of the time might give you a pain under the arch of your feet and a sore heel if the support needed isn’t there. Of course, shoes that have been worn out should be thrown away.

The good news here is that high heels do not need to be ruled out completely. Use your discretion, possibly change into them only when you need them e.g. for the work place. Varying the height of the heel to under 5cm will ensure you do not strain your foot unnecessarily. For a perfect fit, use the half-inch gap rule leaving space between the shoe’s tip and the longest toe. Toes must be pointed fully outward so that the shoe doesn’t cramp them. Try on as many shoes as you can, also vary them especially if you are left standing for extended amounts of time.

For those of you with swelling feet, fitting the correct size might depend on the time of day. For instance, the afternoon is a good time to measure for shoes because swollen feet tend to grow in size as the day progresses.

Here at Age Concern Colchester we are able to offer you a Chiropody service as we know how important feet are from going from A to B.

Val, our qualified Chiropodist, has supported those in later years across three venues including Abbots Road, Lion Walk and now at the new home of Age Concern Colchester. Val offers a friendly and supportive service that keeps feet healthy and with this her clients safely looked after.

Cal takes bookings directly. Go on treat yourself! –