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Tips for Foot Care

How to look after your feet

There’s more to your feet than you think.

You have 28 small bones in each foot – more bones than in any other part of your body.

And, this fragile looking collection of bones and the tendons and muscles that support them take a pounding every day.

In fact, every time you take a step, your feet experience a force of almost double your bodyweight.

What’s more, there are many diseases and conditions which can lead to foot health problems – think diabetes, arthritis, stroke, gout and more.

So, how can you look after your feet and keep them fit for the job?

Well, there are two steps involved.

Treat your feet nice

 

  • Avoid walking barefoot – this is vital for people suffering from diabetes and important for everyone in order to protect our feet from infections, dryness or injury.
  • Wear flipflops in moist areas – poolside, at the beach and in the bathroom –  to protect your feet from bacterial infections.
  • Encourage blood flow to your feet – take a walk, flex your ankles, wiggle your toes and stretch your calf muscles throughout the day.
  • If you injure your foot in any way, see your doctor or podiatrist – this is especially important for diabetics.
  • Don’t ignore pain in your feet or ankles – even slight pain can be a warning sign of a serious complaint.
  • Look after the skin on your feet – apply moisturiser before going to bed.
  • If you suffer from a chronic disease, like diabetes or arthritis, visit your doctor regularly.

Choose the right shoes

The right shoes play a starring role in foot health by preventing many common problems and easing existing foot complaints.

I can’t emphasise this enough. The right shoes really matter.

Here are a few pointers:

  • Choose a shoe that fits you perfectly (or better yet, have a pedorthist fit them for you). Make sure there is enough room for your toes – a size too big and you’ll feel like the shoe is coming off, a size too small and your feet will feel cramped.
  • You may think you know your size, but get your feet measured every time you buy shoes. Life stages (pregnancy for example) and weight gain or loss can alter your size.
  • Think of a good quality shoe as your best friend. Your feet deserve the best. Spending a little bit more for the right shoes is a good investment.
  • Avoid vinyl or plastic shoes, they don’t breathe and will make your feet sweat.
  • Avoid wearing high-heeled or platform heeled shoes for long periods as they are not good for your posture.

For those with fashion related doubts, I’m happy to say orthopaedic or comfort shoes have come a long way. It is possible to get foot health and style in the same shoe box.

Want to know more?

Take a look at our range of shoes here.

Contact us to find out how Foot Balance Technology can help you choose the right shoes and look after your feet.

 

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Diabetic footwear

Why the right fit is so important for diabetic foot health

Did you know 25% of diabetics will develop a foot ulcer?

What’s more, and what’s worse, is that 1 in 5 ulcers lead to toe or foot amputation.

However, most foot ulcers are preventable. In fact, research tells us 4 out of 5 diabetic foot ulcers are caused by ill-footing shoes.

With the right shoes you are less likely to incur the kinds of minor injuries that can lead to an ulcer.

Foot Balance Technology can assess your risk, accurately measure your feet and recommend or make the right shoes for you.

Where necessary, we can also work with your health care team to fabricate orthoses to better support your foot.

Unique and universal

Every foot and every person’s experience with diabetes is different.

But every person with diabetes should see a podiatrist regularly and have a comprehensive foot care program in place.

Why? Because when you work with a health care team (including your doctor, a podiatrist and pedorthist) you can stop ulcers before they take hold and reduce your chance of amputation by 85%.

As you can tell, I’m passionate about diabetic foot health, in fact I’m currently completing my PhD in Diabetic Foot Health and Footwear.

This study builds on my work with the High Risk Foot clinics at Concord, Royal Prince Alfred, Westmead, Nepean, St Vincents and Blacktown hospitals and with a range of specialists from surgeons to prosthetists.

And if my experience and studies have taught me anything it is this – choose the right shoes!

Change your view

If at this point, you’re picturing a pair of “Granny” or “Granddad” shoes that lack any kind of style, stop right there!

With Foot Balance Technology, you don’t have to sacrifice style to look after your feet.

We offer a wide range of fashionable custom and prefabricated footwear.

Yes, diabetic footwear has to be “accommodative” (I’ll explain this in a minute), but it should also look good and accommodate your lifestyle. Which means that as long as you wear the right shoes you can run that half marathon.

Shoes with five-star accommodation

In terms of footwear, and diabetic footwear in particular, “accommodative” means shoes that evenly distribute pressure across the bottom of your feet to help prevent callouses or ulcers.

As you may or may not know, diabetes can lead to decreased sensation and circulation in your feet, and this is why ulcers can be limb threatening.

Because of this, you should have your shoes professionally fitted by a qualified pedorthist.

The pedorthists at Foot Balance Technology make sure your shoes are the right width and depth, that you have enough toe room and that any unique characteristics of your foot (don’t worry, we’ve all got them) are accommodated. In other words, we make sure your shoes protect your feet.

Where necessary, our team can design and fabricate a custom-made shoe just for you – it doesn’t get more accommodating than that.

Want to know more?

Take a look at the range of shoes we offer here.

Call our friendly team today to find out how Foot Balance Technology can play an important role in your diabetic foot care plan.