Footwear Advice

Our podiatrists can assess your feet and advise you on appropriate footwear. When choosing a shoe it is often important to try and purchase shoes that offer your feet good support.

Running Shoes

Generally a pair of running shoes will last anywhere from 500 -1000 kms. How long they last will depend on a number of factors including surfaces, weight, and your running style. If you are starting to develop symptoms then chances are your running shoes are on their way out.

It is always best to get your running shoes and gait assessed by one of our podiatrists, especially if you are developing symptoms. Who knows maybe you are in the wrong type of running shoes for your feet.

High Heels

They may make your legs look longer, be useful as fashion statements or weapons of defence, but walking in high heels increase the risk of developing foot and postural problems.

High- heeled shoes place the foot in an unnatural position, affecting both the foot and posture. Prolonged periods of walking in high heels can:

  • Place increased stress on the knees, back and neck.
  • Lead to permanent postural changes.
  • Increase pressure on the forefoot resulting in callouses and corns.
  • Increase the chance of developing bunions and toe deformities.

When purchasing a new pair of shoes, remember:

  • Firm heel counter provides heel stability and support.
  • Heel height no greater than 2½cms. Broad base gives greater stability.
  • Soles should be made out of non-slip resilient materials.
  • Toe box should be deep and wide enough to allow toes to spread naturally.
  • Length approximately one thumb’s width beyond the longest toe.
  • Leather uppers and linings will allow your feet to breathe.
  • Laces, buckles or Velcro help ensure a snug fit and prevent foot fatigue.


When to see a Foot Matters Podiatry

Podiatrists have an important role to play in preventing and managing foot problems. Prompt action is important. Problems which are left without assessment or treatment may result in major health risks.