Why Skecher Shoes are not Endorsed by Me.


Even if you do not own a pair of Skechers shoe, chances are you have heard of the brand or know someone who wears them. They have become a very popular style of shoe purporting to offer cushioning and comfort for wearers. Below are some of the most common reasons why they have garnered the support that they have:

 

· Lightweight flexible synthetic mesh upper with no stitching accommodates different shaped feet.

 

· Wide fitting style ensures that your little toe or bunion does not feel cramped against the material.

 

· Cushioned and lightweight thick memory foam, contours to your foot adds to the feeling of comfort. Read more

Cracked Heels; More than just a Cosmetic Problem?

Cracked heels, often the bane of people’s existence and can cause people to hide their feet away from embarrassment. Whether from a personal perspective or comments made from others, cracked heels can impact on a person’s confidence and self-esteem, often opting to put into storage ones favourite pair of sandals. We all see commercials of model-esque feet and advertisements for various products that promise smooth, silky heels, however the truth of the matter is a little more complex than they would have you believe. Cracked heels can be caused by a myriad of different problems, some more serious than others. Some heel cracks (or fissures technically), do not cause any discomfort whilst others can become painful and infected if neglected long enough. So in short, yes, cracked heels are indeed more than just a cosmetic problem but to understand why, we need to delve a little bit deeper into the issue. Read more

Avoid Painful Feet this Holiday Season with these Podiatry Tips

Your feet are vital. Not only do they carry the weight of your body and help you ambulate around, but they also help your joints function in a way that is most beneficial to your overall body health. So its easy to see how badly affected your life can be if your feet are painful and no time is this more obvious than during the holiday season. Heading into the shops for Christmas shopping can put considerable strain on your feet as you often can spend countless hours walking on unforgiving terrain, not to mention all of the additional weight bearing activities that need to be done to make sure everything is ready. Read more

Wearing Heels Regularly? Every cm Matters.

The use of heels in an everyday setting has been a common trend amongst women for years. Work, social and personal requirements have all contributed to increasing use of high heels. Whilst most clinicians and most research all agree with consistent use as being detrimental to foot health, most people I see in a clinical setting do struggle to see the  effect that wearing heels often will have on their feet, they certainly can feel it. Read more

Children, Shoes and Clogs. What Should they be Wearing?

Clogs or also commonly recognised as the brand ‘Croks’ have become a very common footwear for adults and gradually they have streamed to every age, even to one year olds. Clogs have become very popular due to their convenient  and practical use.  Just as thongs (flip-flops) are regularly used in Australia, even though they are not suitable for feet, so have clogs become injected into our everyday life.

Usually made of rubber fabric, they can slip on and off easily and can be used on wet surfaces. Clogs are commonly used by professions such as theatre nurses and kitchen staff for their practicality. But why do so many podiatrist advised against clogs?  Clogs are an exaggerated shoe without coherence to normal foot motion. They are bulky, lack heel support and modify a walk to almost a shuffle like appearance. Read more

Pain between the toes? Probably a corn!

In this blog i have decided to write about pain in-between the toes as a few patients have presented this week with using acid patches on the sore area in an attempt to self-treat but causing more harm then good. A corn is technically keratin which is the most upper layer of the skin. It has no blood or nerve supply. When excess pressure is applied on the skin, particularly over joints, it leads to excess keratin in order to protect the site from breaking down. This extra keratin can taken different shapes and size depending on the direction and size of the pressure. A corn is simply excess keratin but it presents in the shape of a small cone with the sharp point being deepest. It can sometimes be confused with a wart due to the round shape you see on the surface. When corns occur between the toes, they can be very painful because it feels like having a splinter in your skin wedged. Inter-digital corns often present in winter due to frequent use of closed-in shoes.  Read more

How do shoes cause bunions , corns, hammer toes, ingrown toenails ?

It is a well observed and well documented fact that poorly fitting footwear can cause foot problems to arise in people who previously had no foot troubles. Whilst fact remains, people often still persist with shoes that are either too narrow or too small for their feet and often present to podiatry clinics with a number of different problems. Some of the most common problems I have seen in patients who have presented to the clinic are listed below and have often had footwear choice as major contributing factor to the development of problems. Read more

Childrens Heel Pain and Sever’s Disease

Pain and discomfort in the younger population is often times associated with body changes and development. A lot of this pain is often dismissed by parents and guardians as ‘growing pains’ that passes as the child develops. Heel pain is particularly common in active kids. Sever’s disease (also known as calcaneal apophysitis) is a commonly occurring condition in the young and active portion of the population. Males are often more prone to developing the condition than females and the symptoms usually arise prior to puberty. Sever’s is often characterised by ongoing episodes of heel pain which are alleviated by rest and exacerbated by periods of weight bearing activity such as school attendance or participating in sports or social activities. Read more

Metatarsalgia – Pain in the Ball of the Foot

Metatarsalgia is a broad term to generally describe inflammation and pain of the metatarsal bones in the foot. This is a common problem occurring with overuse injuries often seen in people who participate in high impact sports or people who spend extended period of time performing weight bearing tasks with unsuitable footwear.

Symptoms

Pain, whether localised or diffuse, is the primary symptom of this condition. The pain is often isolated to the ‘head’ of the metatarsal bones and can be aggravated with weight bearing or direct palpation. The fact that the pain can be debilitating, it can result in the sufferer altering their walking patterns which can trigger other overuse issues including bursitis or stress fractures. The ‘overuse’ nature of the condition means that symptoms may not arise immediately rather they build up over a period of weeks to months before becoming noticed. Read more

Different Lacing Techniques

Did you know that there are a number of different shoe lace techniques appropriate for each foot type. Here at The Podiatry Centre, we are aware that feet are as unique as the patients we see. So above is a lacing chart  from our good friends at the Athletes Foot showing a number of ways in which your laces can help your shoes better accommodate your foot type.

High Instep/Arch

For patients with a generally high arched foot. They may feel pressure through their instep due to the traditional lacing technique. The Volume Lacing technique aims to reduce pressure from above the top of the instep. Read more