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The shoe's you're wearing might be leading to an injury.

A human foot & ankle is a strong, mechanical structure that contain 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons & ligaments. If you restrict the function of this magnificent structure then you are setting yourself up for poor performance and potential injury.

Ensure you choose the right footwear to keep your feet healthy.


What 5 things make a shoe good for feet?


Zero drop:

Most traditional shoes have a heel that is higher than the toes. This creates an altered gait pattern and can result in chronically shortened Achilles tendons causing a long list of injuries. Look for a shoe with zero difference in the heel and toe height.




Wide toe box:

You feet were made like your hands, the toes should be the widest part of your foot as your fingers are. If your shoe narrows at the toes this will result in restricted movement and potentially a myriad of unwanted foot conditions.





No toe spring:

A toe spring as shown below will lift your toes up and place your foot muscles under unnatural tension resulting in an imbalance and can lead to foot injuries.





Minimal cushioning:

This will lead to increase feedback from the ground into the foot leading to improved foot health and joint movement. Use CAUTION with this as improper transition can result in stress fractures and many long term injuries.





Flexible:

Your shoes should not restrict your foot, you want your shoes to ideally be able to roll up into and ball and twist like a pretzel. If you cant then maybe its too restrictive.





NOTE: These tips are general tips, if you have never had a flexible shoes use caution when wearing them as your feet need to work harder and may initially be sore, very sore! If you are running a marathon and not use to wearing these kinds of shoes you MUST take it very slowly if progressing and note that this type of shoe may not be ideal for running on the pavement which is a very hard surface not natural for our feet.

If you experience pain or want further advice speak to your Allied Health Practitioner, seek your Doctors help or get in touch.

Cheers!

Other references:

https://www.nwfootankle.com/foot-health/drill/2-articles









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