Choosing the Correct Shoes for your Feet

13 Oct, 2023

We all know that your feet take you everywhere, so now is the time to put your ‘foot health’ first and find the shoe that is made for you.

To assist you in choosing the correct shoes, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you find the perfect shoe that meets the unique needs of your feet. Our expert Podiatrists have shared their valuable insights below, ensuring that you find your perfect fit with confidence. By understanding your foot type, we empower you to make informed decisions and select footwear that perfectly meets your individual needs.

What are your shoes for?

It’s important to consider the purpose of your shoes before making a purchase. Different shoes are designed with unique characteristics that cater to specific activities or surface types. It’s essential to determine what you’ll be using the shoes for and ensure their suitability. Additionally, ask yourself about your foot type and whether these shoes will provide adequate support.

Why does foot type matter?

Many injuries in the lower limbs can be caused by wearing the incorrect footwear over a period of time. This can include shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis and so much more. Asking these questions whilst buying new footwear will point you in the right direction to wearing the correct footwear that supports your feet, prevents injury, and can also aid in rehabilitation from previous injuries.

There are three main foot types, Normal, Absent and Prominent.

Foot shape diagram to help assist you in choosing the correct shoes.
What shoes to choose based on your foot type

Normal foot shape
If you have this foot shape, when landing on the outside of the heel it should roll inwards slightly to absorb shock. The correct shoes for people with this foot shape should have high stability with moderate control features.

Absent foot shape
This can cause many different types of overuse injuries if the incorrect footwear is chosen. The best shoe type for absent foot shapes is motion-controlled shoes, or high-stability shoes with firm midsoles and control features. Avoid highly cushioned and highly curved shoes as they lack stability features.

Prominent foot shape
This foot shape generally isn’t an effective shock absorber. The correct shoe type for you is one that is cushioned, with plenty of flexibility to encourage foot motion. Avoid motion-controlled or stability shoes as they will reduce your foot mobility.

Book an appointment with a Mobile Podiatrist

Our Mobile Podiatrists can assist you in identifying your foot type and giving recommendations on the correct shoes tailored to your specific needs. Get in touch with our Team on 1300 122 884 and determine what shoe type is best for your foot health.

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