The Podiatry Department at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) offers tips on what you should look out for when choosing the right shoes with good support and fit.
Podiatry Department at
Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the
SingHealth group, offers tips on what you should look out for when choosing shoes with good support and fit.
How to choose the right pair of shoes
When choosing a pair of shoes, always ensure that the shoes are appropriate with supportive features and are of good fit.
Footwear should ideally have removable insoles and sufficient depth to allow insertion of orthoses, if required.
What to look out for when choosing a supportive shoe
1. Wide and Deep Toe Box
sufficient room for toes and prevents skin abrasions from occurring
2. Laces or buckles
Secures feet firmly to shoes and prevents slippage and risk of falling
3. Firm and rigid heel counter
Holds your heel in place when you are walking
4. One thumb's width spacing
Allows for one thumb's width spacing from the longest toe to the front tip of the shoe
to ensure adequate space for your feet when you walk
5. Flexible toe box
Shoe should be flexible only at the balls of the feet so as
to encourage efficient toe-off when walking
Midsole should not be too flexible to
maintain stability of the mid-foot
What to remember when buying a pair of shoes
Before buying, it is best to try the shoes to ensure proper fit of the shoes
Avoid having someone else buy the shoes for you or even buying them online without first trying them
Avoid buying/wearing these types of footwear
Open-toed sandals or slippers
Narrow-fitting shoes that compress the toes may cause foot problems
Foot care tips to remember at home
Do not walk barefooted at home.
This is to prevent injuring your feet when:
An object accidentally drops on your foot, or
You accidentally hit your foot against an object, or
You accidentally step on a sharp object
Always wear protective cushioning slippers at home to protect your feet