Free Footwear Health Check

How are your feet? Have you had a good look at them lately?

Corns, callous, nail health? Perhaps it is time to book a review appointment with your podiatrist.

 

Your footwear – what is happening in the wardrobe, under the bed, or at the front door?

Down at heel, shaggy laces, velcro which does not grip, in need of a good polish. At Happy Feet Pedorthics we can help you with all of these. Make a time 03 9326 0266 and come on in!

 

Sandal options at Happy Feet Pedorthics include:

 

orthopaedic shoes melbourne, orthopedic shoe stores, orthopedic shoes melbourne, orthotic shoes melbourne, maternity compression stockings, fashionable shoes for orthotics, orthotic shoes, medical compression stockings

Finn Baltrums and Adelaide. The colours are coming in now.

 

The Drew Fionas. We have a stock run and can order your size, fitting and colour, of choice.

 

Revere sandals, some of which are suitable for orthotics, and for some can be worn as a party shoe for a very limited time.

orthopaedic shoes melbourne, orthopedic shoe stores, orthopedic shoes melbourne, orthotic shoes melbourne, maternity compression stockings, fashionable shoes for orthotics, orthotic shoes, medical compression stockings

 

From the pedorthic view:

 

orthopaedic shoes melbourne, orthopedic shoe stores, orthopedic shoes melbourne, orthotic shoes melbourne, maternity compression stockings, fashionable shoes for orthotics, orthotic shoes, medical compression stockings

Going from winter to the warmer months allow time for your feet to adjust, especially if you wear sandals and courts without socks or stockings. Feet can get hot and sweaty and OUCH – the first blister of the season!

 

Our feet are so protected in winter and can be quite traumatized moving into the warmer months, so give them good consideration, remembering for the footwear to match your activity. An athletic shoe is more appropriate than a sandal or pump when is comes to the longer walk to work!

 

The warmer weather we have, the more we see the callous at Happy Feet Pedorthics, especially at the back of the heel, and often with cracked skin, which is particularly serious for people with neuropathy. Our recommendations here are for a review appointment and ongoing care with your podiatrist, self-care between your podiatry visits and wearing sandals with closed in backs.

 

orthopaedic shoes melbourne, orthopedic shoe stores, orthopedic shoes melbourne, orthotic shoes melbourne, maternity compression stockings, fashionable shoes for orthotics, orthotic shoes, medical compression stockings
orthopaedic shoes melbourne, orthopedic shoe stores, orthopedic shoes melbourne, orthotic shoes melbourne, maternity compression stockings, fashionable shoes for orthotics, orthotic shoes, medical compression stockings

Sandals with closed in backs for your main walking and working give more support to your feet and body and protect your feet – especially at the heel area. Heels are often damaged and can become quite painful when people walk on the edge of the sandal rather than in the heel cup area itself. In the case of the strappy sandals for the parties – this can work out but at Happy Feet Pedorthics we recommend against it for regular day wear.

 

orthopaedic shoes melbourne, orthopedic shoe stores, orthopedic shoes melbourne, orthotic shoes melbourne, maternity compression stockings, fashionable shoes for orthotics, orthotic shoes, medical compression stockings

 

Fitting sandals from a pedorthic view there are often challenges with the bunions and toes! Some people only wear sandals year-round as this is only way their toes feel comfy. In this case at Happy Feet Pedorthics we can invariably fit an extra width depth shoe to accommodate the most challenging toes.

 

orthopaedic shoes melbourne, orthopedic shoe stores, orthopedic shoes melbourne, orthotic shoes melbourne, maternity compression stockings, fashionable shoes for orthotics, orthotic shoes, medical compression stockings

Back to sandals fitting with those bunions and toes, pedorthic options include strap extensions, padding on the underneath surface of the straps themselves, relasting or making the sandals wider at the front, all of which can have the outcome of more cared for, less pain and much more comfortable feet, increasing mobility and safety.

 

Warmer weather for many of us often means thongs, no orthotics, no compression socks and more bare feet – all of which can lead to sore, tired and pained feet, legs and body.

At Happy Feet Pedorthics we recommend footwear to fit, wearing your orthotics or having a device such as an arch support fitted in your sandals, wearing open toed compression socks, and wearing thongs only for the beach and pool, and walking away from bare feet particularly if you have diabetes / neuropathy, or if you are a slip, trips and falls risk.

orthopaedic shoes melbourne, orthopedic shoe stores, orthopedic shoes melbourne, orthotic shoes melbourne, maternity compression stockings, fashionable shoes for orthotics, orthotic shoes, medical compression stockings

 

Get into the Spring with Happy Feet Pedorthics. Ring now for an appointment on 03 9326 0266

 

 

Clare Nelson C Ped CM AU

At Happy Feet Pedorthics I often reference the Three Bears story when it comes to footwear – not too loose, not too tight, and just right!

 

Twice in recent weeks – short of having a blue as such, with two different clients, the clients have left our clinic with shoes which in my view are 2 sizes too long and at least 2 sizes too wide!

 

From the first client’s perspective this is the way I like them, and I have to wear them!

 

OK, fair enough! But then you continue to get the questions and comments. So what is the pedorthic response?

 

  • When I run my toes hit up against the top of the shoes. How can I stop this?
  • When I run I am getting blisters on my heels. Why is this happening?
  • When I run the shoes feel so heavy. How can I reduce the weight?

 

From the second client’s perspective I hear what you are saying, but I like them loose and I have to wear them!”

 

  • Again OK! Fair enough! But again the questions and comments flow.
  • Do you have shoes for big feet? I am a big man and I have big feet. I take a measure only to confirm what I thought – not that big – only a 13, with the powder test showing that the right is slightly longer! Having tried a 13 W my fitting recommendation would be for a 13 M, but no the client cannot believe it’s a 13 and minimally would want at 13 4W
  • I’ll show you, I will bring in my size 16 runners. This is how I like to wear my shoes. But you will think they are too big.

 

So professional advice, client choice and responsibility all around! Where and when does the talk in circles stop?

 

The wearing loose shoes stories happen often enough, but not as often as the want for fashion footwear which by it’s design and styling compromises fit, may change gait and invariably limits the level of comfort which can be achieved. It is from this want and belief that the objections flow based on I don’t like it! See the Table 1 taken from an Article Comfort in Fashion Footwear written by Mike Wilson and published in Satra Bulletin 2017.

 

There are comfort constraints for women in high-heeled footwear, shoes with pointed toes, slip-ons, mules, wellingtons and thongs! For the men folk there are constraints and compromises with the cowboy boots, the cuban heeled shoes, the loafers and winkle-pickers, along with the unisex styles previously mentioned.

 

  • There may be soreness leading to a blister in the Achilles Tendon area due to heel slippage
  • Or soreness leading to blisters at the big and little toes due to excessive pressure and friction
  • An abrasion may develop under one of the ankle bones due the topline being too high
  • The underside of the sole or heel of the feet may suffer from bruising due to walking on hard and uneven surfaces
  • The plantar fascia which helps to maintain the longitudinal arch structure of the foot can be severely strained and overstretched
  • The list of discomforts can be endless and these can be added to the general sense of tiredness and aching in the feet at the end of a long day!

 

So at Happy Feet Pedorthics what do we do with the aim of Happy Feet for people?

 

  • We measure the feet
  • Acknowledge the foot pathology and broader health condition
  • As a part of our assessment we talk about the client’s goals for their foot health and footwear choices
  • We fit shoes of correct length width and depth, which are suitable for the activity
  • We talk about effective wearing of the footwear and best care advice.
  • We also measure and fit compression socks with the aim of reducing leg ache and fatigue.

 

We all love parties and most of us are able to /or will wear party shoes at least some of the time. For good for your feet shoes to wear most of the time, ring 9326 0266 to make an appointment now.

 

Clare Nelson C Ped CM AU

The Sigvaris Compression stocking way is to don your compression walking socks and step out in the great outdoors.

With the Spring Racing carnival just around the corner the “outfit” decisions along with the shoes are being made. I have visions of beautiful legs with the most gorgeous looking shoes and delightfully painted toe nails – and then the heels caught in the grates and sinking into the wet soft turf! And then it is the pain- will you be amongst the many women carrying their shoes from the racetrack after a long happy but sore day?

 

It is what we all want – the look, the comfort, no pain and no broken ankles. At our pedorthic practice we have this question every day. Just last Friday – the conversation went like this:

  • Tell me about your feet and they type of shoes you would like?

    I want shoes that are low cut and slip on. If they are too high the foot swells over the top and if I have a strap the strap cuts in.

  • Please sit down and we can try some shoes.

    It is always a tricky point as to whether the pedorthist shows the client what you think they want or what you believe they need.

So we tried a variety of shoes
The prefabricated heeled dress shoe was too narrow even with the wider fitting.
The prefabricated sling back sandal was too tight across the forefoot and in the wearing the
heel was walking off the heel lending the foot very unstable

The feet fitted into the width of the FINN Unisex – made as a man’s width fitting – lace up shoe – BUT the heel was too low – and the like factor was just not there!
The foot also fitted into the DREW Rose Strap court but the back was too high and the heel was too low.

  • The conversation continued – Have you thought about compression stockings? We can raise the heel height to a degree on the outside of the shoes. For everyday shoes the aim is to wear shoes which are the best for you and then we all need our party shoes!

    I look at my mother’s feet and I see my feet. They swell up more by the end of the day. And I have been told I have got plantar fasciitis.

So what can we do as pedorthists at Happy Feet Pedorthics?

For the Friday conversation empathy and consideration was the priority. No decisions and there needs to be some thinking? Having spent hundreds of dollars on shoes and continuing to make the same mistakes and still having sore feet, knowing they are like the mum’s feet there is need for review. The client will be back in 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months or 3 years having worked out her own pathway for happy feet!

For the fashionable race goer we can modify you stiletto to give you cushioning with the aim of taking some pressure of the soles of your feet and we can show you some elegant low heeled shoes which will give you so much comfort on the day leaving all you energy to focus on a win for every race!