As a Podiatrist, I have many discussions with my patients about the benefits of wearing good footwear and the problems that wearing bad ones can cause.
This time of year the UK can be very wet and make it even harder to make good footwear choices.
Wellington boots are often ‘the go to’ footwear when having to walk in the rain when walking our dogs, mucking out horses or just walking in wet, long grass.
Unfortunately our feet can feel like a bag of bones in wellies as there is often no rear foot or indeed mid foot support, hence our feet can move around too freely.
This can cause pressure and friction on our toes as well as pain in our heels, ankles, knees, hips and back if worn for too long.
My advice is to try and swap your wellies where possible with high ankle boots with laces made out of a waterproof material or indeed an alternative rubber ankle boot which has Velcro or lace as a fastener. Having a firm heel counter and support around the mid foot is especially important for those of us who wear orthotics as it doesn’t counteract their good work in putting our feet and lower limb in an improved position .
One of our very competent podiatrists will spend 30 minuites carrying out a mini biomechanical assessment determining how your complaints may be caused by the way you are walking.
This will involve looking at past history, sporting history and assessing general lower limb mechanics, both non weight bearing and weight bearing. This assessment will help to decide whether insoles or custom made orthotics will help. Off the shelf insoles can then be ordered and altered as deemed necessary or a full biomechanical assessment may be needed to be booked to include casting of your feet so a bespoke orthotic can be made.
If needed, suitable supports in the shoes as well as stretches and footwear advice will compliment any other treatment like physio therapy or chiropractic that you may be receiving, to either remedy or reduce your particular complaints.
Sending a little light cheer from the Podiatry team:
A Silver lining of being in shut down is that the three of us are fitter than ever! Katherine and I are taking part in Joe Wicks sessions every morning with our kids enjoying his fancy dress outfits on a Friday! Pippa has been cycling and running miles everyday with her husband and if we don’t watch out she may decide to go professional!!
Here are some thoughts from Pippa – “I am the first one to admit that I felt like I was running at 100mph before lockdown. When Boris announced our restrictions on that Monday night in March, and I realised that I couldn’t work during the week, or go competitive sailing at the weekend (which I do all the time) I’ll admit that I was pretty panicky. However, as the days passed I came to realise more and more that I am actually very lucky. I live with my husband in the middle of the Surrey Hills with miles upon miles of gorgeous footpaths and bridleways to explore on foot or on two wheels. I am a little ashamed to say that after living in our house for 5 years, we have literally only just realised that our garden is a sun trap. Taking 5 years to know that is absolutely absurd! So for me, lockdown has taught me to slow down, explore and love where you live, get the gardening gloves on, grow courgettes, go for a run but stop to appreciate nature, and enjoy the little things in life. Whilst I miss working, helping patients, sailing and spending time with my wonderful friends and family, my silver lining is that I really hope I take some of this ‘return to simplicity’ forward when normality returns”.
Enjoy the little things in life! – While home learning, decluttering, painting , and gardening remember how lucky we all are just to be together.
‘If you walk with a spring in your step, you are walking energetically in a way that shows you are feeling happy and confident’
For those of us who are able to walk at the moment at this difficult time of lock down, it is so important to do so!
Top feet tips to keep us walking: 1. Cut your nails carefully straight across every 4-6 weeks but not too short. 2. Keep pumicing and creaming your feet as often as you can. Your feet will thank you! Please avoid using ‘ cheese grater type pumices ‘ and any cream is better than none. 3. Wear sensible lace up shoes where possible . 4. Applying Surgical spirit in between your toes will help prevent fungal infections . 5. Try to avoid using corn plasters. 6. Walk out at a safe distance of other people and enjoy being outside.
Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy every moment.
As you may not be able to have your feet treated as regularly as you would like and you are concerned about your feet please contact Yvette on email@example.com
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