Let Thy Shoes Be Comfy
It is not necessary to wear shoes that hurt! The fictional character "David St. Hubbins" from the movie "This Is Spinal Tap" says that he was named after the Saint of "quality footwear". Let us all embrace that concept so this is what you want to know:
1. When using a lace shoe/sneaker, look for the following components:
a) A firm "counter" (back of shoe) - This holds your heel tight in the back.
b) A firm "shank" (middle sole) - Make sure the shoe does not twist easily in the middle.
c) A removable inner sole/insole- To accommodate your personal “orthotics”.
2. Make sure you can "play the piano" with your toes while standing in your shoes- just "Chopsticks", not Beethoven.
3. Make sure the width is appropriate and corresponds to your foot- Important if you have "bunions".
4. Stay away from "loafers" and "slides" for long periods- They inherently cause you to squeeze your feet into a smaller size to prevent heel slippage.
Tip: use 1/8” adhesive felt pads under the “tongue” of the shoe if you experience heel slippage.
5. For ladies:
a) Use a heel height of 2 inches or less.
b) Try open-toe "platforms/wedges" rather than stilettos for better stability when using heels.
c) Look for ankle straps for more support.
6. A good addition to any heeled shoe is an over the counter "ball of foot" pad- This can be placed in the arch (middle) of your shoe to balance out excessive forces on the toe joints and heel.
Don’t forget to "Start With Your Feet" for Wellness.
Walk Strong…with orthotics,
Doc Rick DPM