Footwear Assessment

At Brighton Road Podiatry, we understand the crucial role that footwear plays in maintaining the health and well-being of your feet. We provide footwear advice as part of your appointment and offer free advice to our existing patients.

Your feet are your foundation, carrying the weight of your body and enabling you to stay active. Proper footwear is essential to ensure your feet remain healthy and pain free. The right pair of shoes can provide the necessary support and cushioning, while also keeping your feet safe from potential hazards.

Finding the Right Shoe

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to footwear. Each person’s feet are unique in shape, size, and function. When choosing new shoes, consider the following factors

  • Activity:  Select shoes that cater to the activities you engage in most. Different activities demand specific levels of support and cushioning.
  • Material Matters: Leather is a preferred choice for uppers, but synthetic materials with specific properties like stretch can be beneficial for specific foot conditions. Opt for rubber or synthetic soles for durability, shock absorption, and grip.
  • Secure Fit: Ensure your shoes are securely fastened with laces, straps, or buckles to prevent straining foot muscles. Shoes should fit comfortably without causing discomfort or pain.
  • Toe Comfort: Avoid pointy shoes that can lead to toe discomfort and posture issues. Broad-toed shoes provide ample room and reduce the risk of pressure injuries, corns, and calluses.
  • Heel Height: Keep the heel height under 2.5cm, as high heels increase pressure on the ball of the foot.
  • Cushioned Sole: Opt for well-padded soles to absorb shock and reduce pressure on your feet.
  • Breathable Material: Choose shoes made from breathable materials to prevent fungal infections and moisture buildup.
  • Protection: Ensure your shoes protect your feet from potential injuries, especially if you have reduced sensation or circulation issues.

Brighton Road Podiatry can provide information for patients to take to local shoe shops and we work closely with Athlete’s Foot, Bared, Grundy’s Shoes and Brighton Shoe Centre.

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Special Foot Conditions

Individuals with unique foot conditions, such as misshapen feet due to injury, arthritis, or diabetes, may require specialised footwear. Some might benefit from shoes with extra depth, width, or orthotic inserts. In select cases, custom-made shoes might be the most suitable option.

At Brighton Road Podiatry, we are committed to your foot health. During your appointment, please don’t hesitate to ask your podiatrist for personalised guidance or recommendations about footwear.

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