Which shoes to choose?
Correct footwear choice is essential to help keep your feet happy
Many of us now wear othotics as a treatment for our foot conditions, but what are they and how do they work?
If you have ever experienced aches, pains or twinges in your feet and legs during walking or exercise, this may well be due to the way you are walking. Biomechanics refers to the complex series of movements that make up walking and any anomalies in this process can lead to pain – not only in the feet, but elsewhere in the body such as knees and lower back.
Podiatrists can examine your walking characteristics to identify these biomechanical problems, and check to see if the joints and muscle in your feet are functioning normally. They can then prescribe a course of treatment to help resolve your condition which will commonly include corrective devices called orthotics. Orthotics are designed to alter the way your feet and legs work, restoring more normal function and relieving stress on the painful areas. They can be manufactured from a number of different materials, ranging from soft foams to rigid plastics and are normally designed to fit slightly behind the balls of the feet – although some can be manufactured to the full length of the foot.
Footwear features to consider
For orthotics to work effectively it is essential that the shoes in which they are worn have the following features:
• Extra depth at the toes and the heel to allow the foot to fit comfortably into the shoe. Shoes with removable insoles have increased depth and so are preferred by podiatrists when fitting orthotics. Did you know that many Hotter sandals have removable insoles too?
• An adjustable fastening to hold the foot securely in the shoe. Slip-on shoes are less suitable as they may press on the top of the foot with the orthotics in place.
• A low heels of no more than 4 cm (1 3/4 inches)
Discover the secret in every step…
At Hotter we know that comfort never goes out of fashion, but we also believe that your feet should look as good as they feel. We’re passionate about shoes, so every single pair is stylishly designed and incorporates our secret Comfort Concept® features, ensuring feet are as stylish as they are comfortable.
There are numerous conditions which affect the feet, and it’s important that you wear the right style of shoe depending on your symptoms. These pages should act as a guideline as each case will be different. Please always consult your podiatrist if you have any concerns regarding the health of your feet.
Visit one of our 75 UK Hotter stores, or call our free Personal Shopper service on 0800 083 3083, for support and advice about finding your perfect Hotter fit – as well as information about the full Hotter collection.