Orthotic friendly shoes for women. Yes! they are fashionable and comfortable

Being a woman is hard, being a fashionable woman yet has painful feet is even harder. I always heard women who came to podiatry clinic with painful feet, and with bad choice of shoes, saying: beauty is the pain. They choose to wear good-looking shoes rather than comfortable shoes, or what they called, granny shoes. Indeed, there are occasions or work requirement to wear formal and nice-looking shoes. Well, there are shoes that combined fashion and comfort, and they are orthotics friendly shoes, that you can start taking care of your painful feet.

Ziera Shoes.com-Where you get what you wanted

The words fashion/ stylish are all unique to us. Each person defines them differently. Ziera shoes offers wide range of women’s shoes that hopefully are your taste. They have styles such as dress shoes/ sandals, casual shoes/ sandals, heels, slippers boots and orthotics friendly shoes. What is special about their shoes is that they have designed to fit in orthotics, even in high heels (look for the small foot icon at the top right corner). They have removable inserts, providing more space for it. With some shoes, you can choose the width of it (wide or  extra wide), an extra bonus for wider feet people.

Ziera Shoes“From lace-ups to loafers, brogues to ballet flats, Ziera offers the perfect blend of style and comfort for those needing extra supportive footwear or those needing to swap out the Ziera footbed for their custom-made orthotic. On-trend looks combined with luxurious cushioning to cocoon the whole foot, Ziera’s range of orthotic friendly styles suit anyone who needs additional comfort and support for their feet.”

You can get yours at Ziera.com or at Amazon just at one click.

Dr Comfort-Comfortable shoes

Flute Merry JaneDr Comfort shoes provide the three choices of the width in certain design, medium, wide and extra wide. The shoes come with removable cushioning inserts, a shoe horn, and a pair of flat inserts. You do not need to worry about putting your orthotics in, as when the original inserts are removed, they have the depth for orthotics.

The most popular choice is Flute Women’s Merry Jane, made with leather, and also with expandable materials at the top (the upper shoes). This suits women with bunions condition, swollen feet, and wide feet.

Dr Comfort Coco Rich Patent Women’s Classic Shoes are suitable for dress or work shoes, also forefoot design provides pressure relief for all day comfort and the BOA closure system provides an adjustable secure fit.

“The Finest Quality Comfort Footwear Period! Diabetic, Therapeutic and Orthopaedic Shoes, Footwear and Compression Wear that provide the utmost comfort.”

Revere Shoes- Stylish sandals and shoes

One important design for a sandal to be able to accommodate orthotics is that the shoes have to have heel counter to secure your feet and the orthotics. The shoes are also available in two width, medium and wide.

Bali Heel Counter Sandal designed as follows:

  • Adjustable hook-and-loop straps
  • Leather uppers and linings
  • Removable comfort footbed with built-in arch support allows the insertion of custom orthotics if required
  • Matching strap extensions included to enhance fit
  • Slip-resistant outsole

There are more shoes available here.

Running/Walking Shoes-Best shoes to put orthotics

Most running and walking shoes are able to fit in orthotics. The reason why they are the best shoes to put in your orthotics because they have stable base, and your feet and orthotics will be secure inside the shoes.

Oh…and one more thing

One important trick when buying any shoes is to take the orthotics with you, try the shoes with the orthotics as you might need a size up for your shoes.

If you are buying shoes online, consider if you are going to have orthotics inside the shoes and measure your feet at evening time. These little yet important factors will help you to get the right size of the shoes, please be mindful that wearing smaller size of the shoes might cause problems to your feet.

Happy Shopping at Amazon today!

 

 

 

Podiatrist in Willetton, Bull Creek, Bentley, Hammond Park- James Wong( Podiatrist )

James is a podiatrist graduated from University of Western Australia. He is the owner of Excel Podiatry Clinic, working in Willetton, Bull Creek, Bentley and Hammond Park. He has a total of 5 years of experiences working in community, and has experiences in  treating advanced and high risk patients in public systems. He is fluent three languages in English,Mandarin and able to communicate in Cantonese and Malay. He also provides ongoing care and home visits for non-English speaking elderly people within the community.

Latest Treatment Available: Laser Therapy

James is one of the few podiatrists who is qualified and registered to treat patients with laser machine. Many have been reporting good results from laser treatments. In his clinics, Fungal Nail Infections Condition is the most commonly treated with laser, Mortons Neuroma, Warts and muscles tightness also reported positive results from laser therapy. Laser therapy is time-saving and painless compared to other treatment such as dry needling or surgery.

For more information about FOX Laser: https://www.excelpodiatryclinic.com/laser-therapy.html

Where are we located

Excel Podiatry Clinic are now available in three branches out in suburbs:

1) Apsley Medical Centre: Unit 3/73, Apsley Road, Willetton, 6155, Perth, WA

2) Bullcreek Medical Centre: Unit 2/79 Wheatley Drive, Bull Creek 6149, Perth, WA

3) Bentley Family Practice: Bentley Plaza 1140 Albany Highway Bentley, WA 6102

4) Cornerstone Family Podiatry: 1/2 Brushfoot Blvd, Success WA 6164

Call James on 0478 936 871 or click here to make an appointment online

How can podiatrist help:

Elderly people

We aspire to help elderly people with their ongoing routine nail and skin care issues commonly due to issues of been unable to reach their lower extremities. We also perform diabetic foot assessment to educate the importance of taking care of their feet, to prevent ulcerations, and to check their feet blood circulations and nerve sensation.

Adults and children with painful feet

We often performed a full biomechanical assessment & gait analysis on the patient to identify the cause and the root of the pain. With this, James will examining and studying the way you walk, assessing your overall gait patterns, checking for muscles activations and joint range of motions and others.

Treatments such as dry needling, deep tissues massage, laser therapy, ultrasonic therapy, taping, orthotics, Foot Mobilization Techniques (FMT), giving stretching and strengthening exercises etc will be tailored accordingly.

Kids with growing pain or walking in-toeing/walking funny

Seeing our own kids growing is a joy, however they might often complaints of calves muscles pain; walking funny in their developmental stage. When you notice something is not right, trust your guts, and bring them to see a podiatrist. Listen to their complaints and seek for solutions.

Surgery for Ingrown toenails and Warts

What to do when you see a warty lesions?

A wart lesion can often be misdiagnosed as a corn (calluses -hard, dead skin).

Warty lesion is a thickened callous like growth caused by the human papilloma virus. The infection occurs in the superficial layer of the skin. Sharp/tender pain can sometime be felt with a wart lesion. Plantar warts can be seen in all age groups but commonly affecting children and adolescents.

At Excel Podiatry clinic, we offer great range of treatment methods for the warty lesions; ranging from Acid application, liquid nitrogen applications, silver nitrate stick applications, needling techniques, laser therapy and Wart curettage surgery. So come down to check it out.

What to do when your big toenails always grow into your flesh?

Ingrown nails are painful and can lead to infection if not managed properly. Conservative care often includes simply cutting/trimming the offending spicule or portion of the nail. If required (ie recurrent or severe cases) only then; possible partial nail avulsion surgery with phenolisation can be discussed and performed on the day to remove the Ingrowing toenails permanently as a long term solution.

Get the Right Help

Sometimes it is hard to find a good restaurant, we keep on trying and exploring new places or through word of mouth, hopefully we can find the hidden gem of food. When we found one, we stick with that place. We understand of the uncertainty especially when you have never been to a podiatrist, or might feel discouraged by previous bad experiences. I got to tell you, come to meet James!.. you will get the profession and yet wholistic approached care. James always take a step further in caring his patients; that many of them have become his friends. Oh…and one more thing, because of his extra care and willingness to take things seriously; very often he might identifies other existing problems which are giving rise to the signs and symtoms of your problems.

You can call James on 0478 936 871 or click here to make an appointment online.  Here is more information about Excel Podiatry Clinic Pty Ltd.

 

 

 

Orthotics Inserts/Insoles for flat feet, high arch feet, heel pain and bunions

The function of Orthotics
Orthotics are a medical device which is often utilized by health professional like podiatrist in supporting and realignment a person’s body postures. There are two main types of orthotics; over the counter generic orthotics or customized orthotics. Depending on the conditions, the purpose of having orthotics can be different. This post will explain how orthotics inserts/insoles can help with the conditions of flat or high arch foot, heel pain and bunions.

Orthotics for flat foot and high arch foot

For kids: If your child’s arch development is atypical for their age, such as flat foot or collapsed arches, or your child has other neurological or development conditions affecting the lower limbs and foot, it is important that your child’s foot alignment issues are treated early in their development. This would help to encourage normal development while preventing further deformity via reducing abnormal forces on the foot, ankle, knees, hips, pelvis and spine over the years of development.

For adults: If you have an established excessive pronation (flat foot) or overly supinated foot (high arched); depending on the conditions; you might be experiencing different pains and aches, ie: Plantar fascitis (plantar fasciosis), heel pain syndrome; Morton’s Neuroma; Achilles tendinopathies; bunion deformity as so on.

Orthotics for heel pain syndrome/plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most commonly encountered foot condition in a podiatrist practice. The prevalence of the condition was 2/10. That’s about 4-5 millions of the Australian’s population suffering from the condition daily. Pain is often presented first step in the morning and upon prolonged resting. Pain is often found upon palpation on the medial of the heel portion. Plantar Fasciitis is often presented secondary to tightness in the plantar fascia structure as well as the calves muscles on your legs. Pain is presented due to over used injury and degenerative state of the fascia structure. Hence, proper use of supportive orthotics and shoes are a vital step of the treatment to reduce the stress loading to the fascia.

Orthotics for bunions

Bunion is an enlargement of the joint at the base and side of the big toe. Bunions are not hereditary- but, inherited bad mechanics are an underlying cause. Bad choice of footwear such as high heel and pointy shoes could be the cause too. Pain maybe felt in the big toe joint, together with a lump that enlarges with age. Left untreated the big toe will increasingly deviate until it overlaps or underlaps the 2nd toe. Pain, discomfort and difficulty wearing shoes may be experienced due to deformity. Arthritis and stiffness in the joint can also develop. Before it is too late, this can be treated with correctly fitted orthotics to realign and control the foot. Orthotics when molded to your foot limit the effects of pronation and prevent further development of the bunion. Having said that, orthotics can slow down the bunion deformity, it is not possible to cure the bunion, it has to be done through surgery.

Best shoe to accommodate orthotics

Running shoes are the best shoes to put orthotics

Finding the right shoes are difficulty when it comes to using an orthotics daily. The shoes are needed to be wide enough; deep enough; and stable enough to accommodate for the orthotics. Very often the shoes were way too flexible and unstable for the orthotics. Let me ask you; would you ever built your house on a slumpy or a muddy grounds? No ! right? . You would find a good flat ground with solid and stable foundation prior to the construction. Similarly,; you would need to have a good supportive shoe to accommodate the orthotics. Most running shoes are the best shoes to put in orthotics.

Having said that, there are way too many types of orthotics are available in the market, how then can we as a consumer, know which one suits us more in treating painful aching foot?

The best place to get orthotics is from a Qualified Podiatrist

why the necessity?

  • Podiatrists are trained to prescribed medically graded orthotics for your needs
  • Proper assessment of your foot and body alignment and function as a whole.
  • Helps you to understand the cause of the foot problems.
  • Podiatrists can also provide treatment plans accordingly to further assist with your foot condition
  • Podiatrists can also modify the orthotics to suit your shoes and your foot

After doing some mystery shopping at different chemist shops, most of the over the counter orthotics sold were not the ideal orthotics for you as they simply doesn’t provide sufficient control and support. 

Orthotics with no support

Henceforth, save up your money. Rather than spending on an orthotics over the counter randomly; it would be best to see a podiatrist who can advised and help you with your discomfort.

In doing this; it will help you not only to save money but also to get back on your foot in a much shorter period.

Hope the information helps you to understand a little about the functions of orthotics. Over the counter orthotics are cost-efficient, but in some cases custom-made orthotics can be more helpful.

 

 

 

 

How often should you change your running shoes?-the impact of wearing small shoes

How can you tell it is time to replace a new pair of shoes for you or your kids? Do you check their shoes regularly? Does the kids tell you they need to change their shoes? And do you know the impact on them by wearing a pair of worn out shoes?

Here are some pointers: 

Check the inside of the shoes

You would not know what is happening inside of the shoes unless you take out the insole of the shoes. To my suprise, i have seen cases where the original insole was presented with a big hole on their big toes as well as some of the weight bearing areas of their feet. Removing and observing the insole can assist you with identifying the pressure areas and how your child walk; their gait patterns.This can sometimes be handy to tell the type of their foot shapes.

Sands! Parents… please take note if your child love to play in the sandpit, they are coming home with shoes which are filled with sand. It is very important to clear up the sand while the insole is out, dont just shaking out the sand. You wouldnt believe the amount of sand that is hidden beneath the insole. If the sand was left over a period of time; this would damage the interior of the shoes slowly, and causes bacterial and fungal skin infections. 

So parent.. please take out the insoles and take some time to check the condition. Also; match them with their feet, if the feet are longer than the insole then it is time for shoe shopping.

Now check the outward appearance of the shoes 

The most obvious way to identify whether it is time to change the shoes is through the appearance of the shoes. Has the shoes worn out? or are the cute little toes visible through the holes in the shoes? Least to forget; go ahead and take a look at the bottom of the shoes- are the thread still there?

By the way; if there is not thread on the shoes then the shoes are not doing what they are support to do, in fact it could cause more slipping and fallings. No matter how much your kids want to wear them, regardless of the brand of the shoes, they need to be replaced. Believe it or not, shoes can change a child’s walking pattern. Therefore, it’s either to have a good supportive shoes or to have a shoes that requires your child feet health. Worn out shoes can actually cause overused muscles injuries in some cases. 

Listen to their little Complaints

It is understandable sometime parents ignored our kids’ requests or complaints. However, it should be taken seriously when they are reporting pain while wearing a certain pair of shoes. When they refused to wear a pair of shoes, Not wanting to walk for long distances, tired of shopping etc. These might be due to pain which was resulted from over used injuries and wearing an unsupportive footwear. Feet!!. monitor your child’s feet, check them out for any redness, swelling or infections. If in doubt, see a Podiatrist; a health professional who spends time study in details about feet and ankles. 

What more does the research had to say

An orthopaedic surgeon,  Mr Espinosa once said this: “the most striking finding in our study was that more than 90 percent of both outdoor and indoor shoes/slippers worn by the children were too small.” One other literature review suggested that wearing small shoes can lead to improper positioning of the flex zone (where the cuts and folds follow the natural movements of the feet) and thereby causing harmful stress to the feet.

The impact of wearing small shoes – Foot deformities

Wearing small and narrow shoes can be an big problem. It can have a detrimental effect on children’s feet health. I am sure you are aware of bunions deformity; claws toes; flat foot IGTNs. I am not saying, wearing small shoes will have a direct causative factor of the foot deformities as per mentioned but it does contribute in exacerbating the deformity. Therefore, parents please change your kids’ shoes in time, perhaps you might be saving them from needing a surgery in the future for bunions and other foot deformitiess. As we all knew this rather well: ” prevention is better than a cure”.

Hallux Abductor Valgus/ Bunions

Hallux Abductor Valgus are also commonly known as bunions. It is a progressive genetic driven plus external factor driven foot deformity where the big toe begins to angled sideways toward the second toe. This can sometimes be painful, and might presented with just red nodules to start with. For kids, it can be aggrevated by wearing smaller and narrow shoes for their feet. For women/ ladies, it can be formed by wearing high heels shoes ( which greatly increases forefoot pessure hence exacerbating the condition) and/or narrow pointy shoes. 

Ingrown toe nails

Ingrowing toenails are a condition where the nails; especially the big toenail are growing in the nail fold. It is painful and yet sometime presented with some nasty infections. Wearing tight shoes can also have a detrimental effect on how the child’s nail grow. In some cases, nail damages can occurs. This often results in increased thickness of the nails; layering of the nails; discolouration and bruising of the nail bed. 

Not to forgets- as per mentions previously; sand in the shoes could also sometime gets into the sulcus and cause further irritations to the nail fold bringing infections and unwanted bugs. 

Conclusion

To sum up, parents, it is not needed to further explain as to how picking/choosing and checking children’s foot wear is an important task to assist your little ones. Teach them about these pointers above; embraced them; so that they too, can do it themselves and pass on the message to their friends and families. 

 “Lets make the Shoes a better place for the children feet”: – Dr James Wong (Podiatrist)

Best orthopedics running shoes for kids-Memo footwear

I have come across many kids’ shoes, most of them are flat and without proper support at the heel. Having a pair of good shoes is essential for your kids as their feet are developing. It is important that the footwear ensures proper stabilization of the heel at the first steps and prevents from potential defects. Here I introduce you the best orthopedics shoes, ranging from baby to 6 years old, the Memo shoes.

The Memo System

Memo idea

One of the most special parts about Memo shoes is that, the bottom of the sole is numbered and divided into 6 different zones with cambered stripes. After wearing Memo shoes it is possible to access the degree of stripes abrasion. Depending on which zone is worn, insoles can be selected to correct the problem.

For example, abrasion in zone 1 means healthy feet; abrasion in zone 2 indicates to use grey insoles; and it is advised to seek medical advice if abrasion occurs in zone 5 and 6.

Memo materials

Memo is claimed to be the highest quality children footwear in classic style, made of natural materials suitable for children’s feet. It maximizes foot comfort, as the shoe is made of natural soft goatskin. In addition, natural hygrosopic materials make the shoe breath and foot not to sweat.

Medical opinion

Memo system is well-known among pediatrists and orthopaedists. It is particularly recommended for the defects prevention and correction of existing abnormalities and/or deformities. Dr Anna, the head of Day Hospital for Motor Organ Rehabilitation commented that: “I strongly recommend them even for youngest children, so that possible physical defects could be effectively prevented from the very beginning.” She added that ” the foot remains in correct position and develops correctly with the suitable shoe stiffening within the heel region.” Professor Jan who specializes in medical rehabilitation says: when patients use Memo system, the condition of foot and knees improves very quickly.

Memo range

Depending on the age of your kids, and the condition of the feet, Memo offers a wide range of shoes, with vigorous colors and eye-catching design. Memo footwear are recommended as prophylactic orthopaedic shoes, and are also designed for Cerebral Palsy patients.

Memo baby: Models from Memo baby collection are originally designed for the youngest children just starting to walk. Baby shoes do not have the diagnostic sole, since their primary function is prevention.

Urban Classic: The only sneakers with Thomas Heel, stiff heel counter and leather upper on the market. They are not only perfect shoes for everyday use in schools or kindergartens, but also make fashionable completion of both casual dress and elegant outfit. Check it out here.

 

Memo classic: They have a diagnostic sole to monitor the status of their feet, suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

Mammal Collection: A cute animal touch to integrate and follow the sandals lines. Have a look at the Koala Girls Sandal here.

 

 

Memo active: Memo active Collection was created for small and large patients with specific feet defects, mainly Celebral Palsy patients. It is a particular form of the footwear, special corset heel counter and fastening belt ensures proper functioning and defect correction.

Memo insoles

Memo system consists of a set of inserts, which used within the shoes make them a corrective footwear. They are designed for proper feet shaping, based on the zone of abrasion of the out sole and heel.

Supportive shoes with custom-made Orthotics: popular but unnecessary?

While orthotics (shoe inserts prescribed by orthopedists or podiatrists) are the latest rage, Dr. Frey,Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at UCLA and Chief of Foot and Ankle Surgery, California, feels that in most cases they are unnecessary.

This is due to the fact that the design of good quality of shoes today, as explained above, and assuming you buy the proper shoe for your child and get a correct fit, you probably can save yourself a hundred bucks from buying a custom-made orthotics.

However, in some cases like over-pronation, flat feet, high arches, shin splints, arch pain or strain, children will be benefit from having orthotics. I will be explaining how orthotics can help to support them and why they may or may not need to have orthotics in this article.

The ultimate goal

Unlike clothing, it would not affect the growth of the body shapes of children. Incorrect and unsupportive footwear can cause serious foot deformities. Therefore, as parents, we need to be smart and be educated to choose what is the best for our kids.

To conclude, for light correction and prophylaxis purposes, Memo is great, quick to order and a good quality footwear. Polo sneakers are great for school, shoes and sandals a beautifully designed and provide all therapeutic benefits in comparison to other flimsy footwear that currently available.

Please let me know if you have any comments or need any help, I will be happy to help. Thanks

 

 

What a Podiatrist can do? Recommending good shoes too

 

I believe some of you have no idea how a podiatrist can help you. Often, people only thinks that podiatrists only deal with nails, in fact, they spent four years or more, to be a health professional, not only to cut the toenails.

Who is podiatrist?

A Podiatrist, also known as a Podiatric physician or “Foot & Ankle Doctor”, is a medical professional who is devoted to the study of and, the medical treatment and management of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremity.

Podiatrists will assess, advice, recommend management and treatment options for your lower extremities and feet & ankle problems. They also have an especially important role in maintaining the mobility of many elderly and disabled people, and people with special health care who need the ongoing monitoring of foot health, in particular those with circulation problems and diabetes. Having said that, you don’t have to wait until there is a problem with your feet to see a podiatrist (we do that all the time), if you need help with shoes recommendation, or a general foot check, all the podiatrists will be happy to assist you.

Foot conditions

Some common conditions that can be seen within a podiatric practice are:

  • General Foot and Ankle Pains
  • Sport injuries
  • Heel Pains/ Heel Spur
  • Ingrown Toe Nails and Warts
  • Fungal Nail and Skin Infections
  • Foot Lumps and Bumps: Bunions, Ganglionic Cysts
  • Corns & Calluses & Blisters
  • Flat Feet, High Arched Feet

It is common to see flat feet and high arched feet to have muscle pain and ache, especially children to teenagers. In addition, with the wrong footwear, corns and calluses will form across a period, and they will keep coming back as long as you are wearing the same pair of incorrect shoes. Here we are talking about the problems that last for months to years until they seek for help. In this case, the solution is simple, visit a podiatrist that they will be able to solve the problems. Don’t be fool by the products in the market that the soft-gel insole or the acid that make your corns disappeared. You better off just to make an appointment with your podiatrist to save the hassle.

Services that podiatrists provide

  • Diabetic Foot Assessment
  • General foot care
  • Dry Needling
  • Laser therapy
  • Foot Mobilization Techniques (FMT)
  • Fungus Nails Treatment/Onychomycosis
  • Ingrown Toenails Treatment
  • Warts Treatment
  • Biomechanical examination and Gait analysis
  • Custom-made/ Over the counter Orthotic Therapy

Surprised by what a podiatrist can do? But I have to be clear that not every podiatrist knows everything, some are more specific in some area. If you have flat feet/high arch feet and are in pain, a podiatrist can help you by, firstly, examine your walking patterns, your leg length (to see if they are in the same length), and your shoes. Depending on your condition, podiatrist might suggest a custom-made or over the counter orthotic, to help distribute your body weight that are applied on the foot.

One of the most common case-Heel pain

Do you know that having flat feet or high arched feet are not a problem, but it can be the cause of the problem. For example, flat feet causes tiredness of the muscles pulling every time your feet hitting on the ground, the tired and prolong period of over contraction of the muscles causes the more pulling of the tendon at the heel. This condition is called heel pain, also known as Plantar Fasciitis. I have seen people went for surgical option to cut the tendon so they can relief from the heel pain. There is actually has conservative treatment, just take time and effort to recover from it. The first step is to seek a podiatrist for help.

Shoes recommendation

Looking at your feet, the shapes and the types of your feet are mostly genetic, and different from person to person. In other words, there are many types of feet in the world. Good news is, there are many types of shoes too. Podiatrists have the ability to help you in choosing the right shoes that suits you. By checking your biomechanic and foot types, they can match you with a pair of good shoes, and most probably solve your pain and ache too. Having said that, I have met some women who were in serious pain, refused to get the range of some shoes from the recommended shop, the reason was, the design was too ugly and old-fashioned. Well, there is a saying, beauty is the pain. We can’t help if they don’t want to help themselves.

The ultimate goal

I hope this article has help you to understand a little what a podiatrist can do. It is important to know who to seek for help depend on the conditions, or it will be wasting time and effort when you are desperate to get things right. Getting the right shoes is important, because at the end of the day, shoes should provide you with comfort, not causing pain.

Please leave a comment below or let me know what topic you are interested to know more. I will try my best to help.

The Best Shoes For Your Children-Nike, Adidas, New Balance or Sketchers?

After observing the type of foot shapes, the way they walk that mentioned in the previous post, you might think what is the best brand of shoes for your kids. But, are the branded shoes better than the unbranded shoes? What is your underlying reasons in buying shoes? Is it the trend, design, price, advertisement, word of mouth or you buy what you like?

Are those factors important? Of course they are. Another factor that is vital, the technology behind a pair of shoes. Nevertheless, the comfort is the key reason for you to bring the shoes home.

Technology

Big companies spend a lot of money and effort in upgrading the technologies of the shoes and come up with real fancy names for the consumers to buy their products. Most of the time, we as consumers, buy them. Considering the materials, weight, stability, support, cushioning and the design, it will take you ages to get the best shoes.

Well, the technologies of the shoes can be found in the respective shoe companies, so it would not be explained here. One thing to point out is that, it is certainly better to buy a pair of tech shoes compared to buy the one at a random stall. Shops like The Athlete’s foot in Australia are the retailer of athletic shoes, where the staffs are trained extensively in shoe technology, basic bio mechanics and fitting techniques.

So, you do not need to understand all the technology behind of the shoes, just go to a shoe shop that does know what they are selling.

Advertisement/Marketing

If you have any social media accounts, you are exposed to many advertisements. They are actively pop into your brain, and you are passively accepting them. They are everywhere, sometime you are doing free advertising for them unconsciously.

For example, you post a photo of buying the latest pair of branded shoes on the social media and you get many ‘like’ from your friends, asking you the price and where did you get it. See, advertisement works! Just be conscious when doing the shopping as some shoes can be overly advertised, but those are not what you should get.

Frankly speaking, wearing one pair of wrong shoes would not have instant impact on you or your kids. If you or your kids really love the shoes, buy it. Just make sure don’t wear it 24/7 and get another real good pair of shoes for their own benefits.

Word of mouth

The power of word of mouth is real, it is someone’s testimony towards something. Many times I heard people saying they love Sketches because of the cushioning and the lightweight. Only then I went to a Sketches store to try out, the shoes are comfortable and so soft!

Have you heard of Birkenstock? My friend recommended to me saying that it is supportive, and I bought a pair. The power of word of mouth is real. You can ask for recommendation from your friends or family when choosing shoes too.

Share with them the conditions such as flat feet or the feet are turning in while walking, I am sure they will give the real reviews, rather than spending time shopping around, unless shopping is what you like to do.

Price

It is common sense that branded one is more expensive than unbranded. The reasons are obvious, money are invested in doing research, marketing and to pay the endorsers. However, the most expensive pair of shoes does not mean that it is the best shoes for you.

Discounted shoes can be the right shoes too. To me, money is hard-earned, therefore, wise decision should be made when doing shopping. You will realize there are traps everywhere from the marketing strategies.

Often, buy online is cheaper than go to a store. Just try out the shoes in a store and go online shopping. You will be getting the same shoes and save more.

Well?

As we all are unique and different,  sometimes buying the right running shoes is a trial and error.  The factors above are those that you should take into consideration when buying a good pair of shoes for you and your family.

And one more thing, you can always ask your podiatrist for good recommendation that suit your feet too.

 

 

 

 

Secrets in choosing the right running shoes- Observe your kids

 

What is the secrets in buying shoes? How do you buy your or your kids’ shoes? Many of us have zero attention on how to choose the right shoes, rather we buy a pair of shoes by the appearance and the price.

Also, most of the time, we are influenced by many shoes companies that are overly advertising that misguide us to buy the wrong pair shoes. The secrets to pick the best for your kids need to be based on: bio mechanics, forefoot shapes, foot types, activities, and lifestyle.

 

Biomechanics-How do they walk

feet turn inwards when walking

Are your kids walking funny, feeling imbalance or feet are turning in while walking? These problems can be due to genetics, leg length discrepancy, or their walking and sitting posture.

Whether one of the which is the cause, it would be highly recommended consulting with a podiatrist before things are getting serious. A podiatrist will examine and study the way they walk, assess the overall gait patterns, check for muscles activation and joint range of motions.

On the other hand, a pair of right shoes can do a little of wonder to improve their biomechanics. Most of the time, what they need is a firm Orthotics in a pair of supportive shoes.

 

Identify Forefoot shapes

There are four type of forefoot shapes: Angled, Square, Round and Morton.

Guide to buy shoes with different types of forefoot shapes

With Angled forefoot, big toe will be the longest, with the other toes slanting in a downward angle.

With Round forefoot, there is an obvious curve across the toes. The contour of the shoe from the big to the little toe needs to be curving outwards to ensure that the ends of the 2nd and 3rd toes are not under stress.

With Morton forefoot, the longest toe is either the 2nd or 3rd, with the other toes shorter and tapering down. It should be fitted same with a Round forefoot shape, based on the longest toe.

With Square forefoot, the 2nd and 3rd toes are typically the similar length to the big toe, with the 4th and 5th toes shorter.

 

One trick in choosing shoes

If it is hard to identify the forefoot shape, a trick in choosing the suitable shoes is to take out the inner sole of the shoes and stand on them. See whether all the toes are inside the inner sole, with only one thumb extra space left from the longest toe, then that will be the ideal length for the feet.

Identify Foot types

For Narrow/Wide feet, same tip from above is applicable when fitting the shoes, by matching the inner sole with the feet, this can guide you to have the ideal width of the shoes. Also, take note that to make sure the room inside the shoes is not too spacious (for narrow feet) and not too squeezy (for wide feet) after lacing up the shoes.

For example, Asics shoes are more designed for narrow feet and New Balance are more designed for wide feet, depending on the shoes model.

Guide to buy shoes with three different foot types

For High Arch feet, it is best to be supported to the ideal arch height in order to let the weight and walking pressure been evenly distributed throughout the feet. Imagine a model is wearing a pair of super high heels shoes, her weight is only been carried by her forefoot and her heels, that would probably cause ache and pain in her feet after a long day of walking and standing. This is the same scenario to high arch feet.

For Flat feet, the bone of the feet are more collapsed down, near to complete contact with the ground. They will have higher risk in developing knee, hip and back pain. Having said that, it is common for infants and children to have flat feet. It is possible for them to develop higher arches throughout their adolescence and into adulthood.

However, early intervention such as Orthotics fitting or supportive footwear can help to support the flat feet, minimizing the bone to bone grinding of the feet and to correct the overall body alignment.

It is obvious to identify the foot types, but sometimes it can be tricky without being assess by a podiatrist. Another tip for saving your money is that Do Not buy a pair of orthotics from a chemist. It can be cheaper, softer and convenient, but it just won’t do the work properly.

You would be better seeing a podiatrist and buying a good pair of orthotics.

How active are they?

Supportive running shoes are essential for active kids

With all the information above, it is really depending the type of activities and lifestyles of your kids. Some has no pain with flat feet as they are not active in sport, or they have more flexible tendons and ligaments, whereas some has muscle ache with high arch when doing sports.

Some kids prefer not to be active due to the pain and ache in the feet or legs. Even though your kids might be perfectly fine with the feet types and the shoes they are wearing, it will only do good for them to have a pair of suitable and supportive shoes.

 

Final tip: It is cheaper to buy shoes online, what you can do is to go to a store for the sizing and testing the shoes out (really walking and jumping for 10 minutes) to make sure it is comfortable (most important). When your kids are happy, take note of the brand and size, go online then save!

The ultimate goal

At the end of the day, I hope you are able to make the right decision to buy the right shoes for your kids, and being able to guide them on what to look for when buying a pair of good shoes. I will include some recommended shoes by podiatrist next and how to test out the shoes for the ideal supportive.

These information are also applicable to you, the reason I focused on children because problems can be preventable or delayed by having the right shoes in early age. If you have any questions, comments below and I will try my best to help you out!

 

 

 

 

 

About me

Welcome to sprouts2.com, I hope you are able to find the information on how to buy a pair of right shoes for your kids and have a chance to browse through the website.

I’m working full time as a podiatrist assistant. I have seen many people with foot problems that can be easily resolved by choosing the right shoes. I have also seen the impact of having the wrong shoes in early age to the later life. Many of us have zero attention on how to choose the right shoes, rather we buy a pair of shoes by the appearance and the price. Good news to you: some foot problems that are not genetic hereditary are preventative with the right interventions.

Helping you to choose the right shoes for your kids

Buying shoes for kids can be challenging. They tend to choose the design of their favorite color or cartoon, they did not take the price or the practicality into consideration. That is the responsibility of you as a parent need to know what to buy for your kids. I remembered my mum always goes for a size up for my primary school shoes, knowing that she will need to buy a pair of bigger sized shoes for me after 6 months. This is understandable and also reasonable. As parents, you know your kids would be grow out of the shoes before the shoes wear out, so you will let them pick what they like, compromising with what is best for them. Although it is not always the case that this certainly will have bad impact on your kids’ foot or walking pattern in later life, it can be happened.

Shoes recommended by Podiatrist

Here we recommend shoes that are recommended by Podiatrist. The fact is that everyone wears shoes, and not all of us know how to buy a good pair of shoes. Some branded shoes are designed for certain purpose. Those could be for fashion, softness, support,heavy-duty, school, work, sport, daily walking and so on. Different stages of life need different pairs of shoes, there are no one answer/way in choosing shoes for entire life. However, for kids, they need supportive footwear.

The ultimate goal

At the end of the day, I hope you are able to make the right decision to buy the right shoes for your kids, and being able to guide them on what to look for when buying a pair of good shoes.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Emily Hii

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