We don’t just “Fit” shoes we “Prescribe” them
If you experience foot pain of any sort selecting the right footwear, footcare products, or orthotics for foot support is essential.A comfortable shoe accommodates the shape of your foot and also provides support, cushioning and stability. To do this, measurements are taken to ensure the shoe has adequate length, width and depth. Specific shoe features are then matched to your feet for the ultimate in fit and comfort. Many clients have received benefits for such problems as:
- Arthritic Feet
- Short Leg length
- Diabetic Feet
- Heel Pain
- Deformed Feet
- Flat Feet
- Swollen Feet
After you’ve found comfortable walking shoes or running shoes you should ensure they are comfortable to wear during the activity that you are undertaking. If the shoes feel unusual or uncomfortable then wear them in gradually to avoid pain and injury. One hour on the first day is best, slowly building up after that.
Why Do My Shoes Hurt?
The most common reason why shoes hurt is that they are not fitted, or as we like to call it, not “prescribed” properly. This results in pressure areas on your foot, as the shoe is not correctly accommodating the shape. As you age your feet change shape, they may widen, develop deformities or the arches may flatten. Hence, shoes that may have fit your feet previously may no longer be suitable. Arthritis, injury and foot mal-alignment can also cause deformities, e.g. bunions, which make it difficult to find shoes that fit. Mostly this can be easily solved by ensuring the correct fit and the right features for your feet.
Our range of running and walking shoes has specific features that are available for different foot types. Using our tech-step analysis program and in-store program we are able to specifically determine the ultimate shoe for your foot type and needs. It is important to determine if it is the shoe or other reasons that are causing the foot pain. Our experienced staff can assist with any on-site, phone or email enquiries.
9 ways you can improve or reduce foot pain
- 1. Calf stretches
- 2. Ice painful areas
- 3. Roll arches over tennis ball
- 4. Use the toes!
- 5. Massage cream into feet
- 6. Oral medications
- 7. Soft insoles Heel and forefoot pads
- 8. Shoes
- 9. Elevate the legs
Why Can’t I Find Shoes That Fit My Feet?
A number of foot problems can cause difficulties in finding appropriate footwear. These can include: narrow feet, broad feet, bunions, hammer toes, swelling, arthritis joint thickening, and surgery. At Complete Feet our range of footwear also includes made-to-measure custom-made shoes when necessary to accommodate all shapes and sizes.
Which Shoes Will My Orthotics Fit Into?
To determine which shoes will best fit your orthotics, you undertake a video gait analysis and specialised walking or running analysis assessment. This information provides us with the information required to “prescribe” your perfect shoe to fit your orthotics. Always ensure you have your foot orthotics with you when purchasing footwear. You should select footwear with removable insoles (to be replaced with the orthotic), and a strong heel counter. In some cases though, extra-depth footwear is required to fit orthotics. Lace-up or velcro shoes are better than slip-ons because they can be adjusted to fit the shape of the foot and the orthotics. Generally, heels greater than 50mm (2 inches) are not suitable to fit orthotics. At Complete Feet we advise you on which shoes will best fit your orthotic and compliment its function.