If you are running around on your feet all day, doing errands or chasing kids, the last thing you want to worry about is having sore feet. It is all too common that people opt for style over comfort, forgetting to consider the incredible innovations and evolution of shoes that has revolutionised the appearance of comfortable shoes. Gone are the days when comfy shoes only came in one style in a few different shades of grey. All you need to do is make sure you are shopping at high-quality shoe stores with your comfort and style in mind.
At Easy Living Footwear, we prioritise good quality shoes that will support your feet. That’s why we decided to sit down and have a chat with Cathy Weiss. Cathy opened her first practice, ‘New Lambton Podiatry’ in 1989 and has over 31 years of experience in foot care behind her. New Lambton Podiatry now has 4 podiatrists working to help fix foot problems in the Newcastle region.
With a passion for podiatry, Cathy takes great pleasure in seeing generations of families pass through the doors with happier feet to take them on their journey through life. We spoke to Cathy last week to learn more about how we can all take better care of our feet.
Here are her top 3 tips for your sore feet:
Visit a Podiatrist
If you’re yet to visit a podiatrist, we get that it might seem embarrassing to talk to a stranger about your foot problems. What you need to keep in mind, however, is that qualified podiatrists have chosen to study feet for years and have committed to a career relating to foot problems. They are the last people to judge your sore feet. You will be met with care and interest and a genuine desire to help.
“I love being able to help people out of pain”
- Cathy Weiss, New Lambton Podiatry
If you have pain in your feet, visit a podiatrist. While every clinic has different skillsets, you will find that any podiatrist you choose will be able to advise you on the best way to treat the lumps and bumps on your feet. Whether you have a corn or an ingrown nail, your local podiatrist needs to be your first stop if you’re looking to take care of your sore feet.
Wear shoes that fit
The next tip seems simple and obvious, but Cathy claims it often is overlooked! If there is one way to make your feet hurt a little less, it is by wearing comfortable, well-fitted shoes. It may seem obvious that wearing shoes that fit will help keep your feet happy, but a surprising number of people wear the incorrect size and style for their foot type. When you are ready to go on the journey of buying a new pair of shoes, there are a few things you should consider to make sure you end up walking away with the best fit. If at all possible, you should always buy shoes after 12pm, because your feet will swell throughout the day so it is important to try on shoes when your feet are at the biggest they will be.
When you are in the store trying on shoes, always go for a size and style that fits your bigger foot and pad out the smaller shoe to allow a perfect fit. And please, if you have a wide foot, choose a shoe style that is offered in extra wide, or if you have a bunion, don’t reach for patent leather pointed shoes with no give. We can’t emphasise enough the importance of putting comfort first. If you’re not quite sure what style and size fits you best, it’s important to:
“Go to a shoe store that fits the shoe to the foot”
- Cathy Weiss, New Lambton Podiatry
Consider which shoe material is best
Different shoe materials lend to different benefits. While patent leather shoes still offer a sleek and sophisticated aesthetic, they offer less stretch than real leather shoes, such as the Klouds Tara. At Easy Living Footwear, we always recommend leather uppers and lining to all our customers because leather always breathes better and is softer than synthetic plus it softens and moulds into customers feet.
Both style and material should go hand in hand when optimising shoes for comfort.
If you have narrow feet and a particular material preference, simply making sure that regardless of the material you opt for lace-ups and closed shoes will help minimise the movement of your feet to help you stay comfortable for longer. Narrow-footer, you might find that open toed slip-ons aren’t going to be your best friend, but there are plenty of alternative options for you.
At the end of the day, if you have a particular style of shoe in mind, but have special foot requirements, your best bet is to ask your podiatrist, for recommendations. There will be the perfect shoe for you out there, you just need to look in the right place (like us, at Easy Living Footwear).
At Easy Living Footwear, we pride ourselves on offering quality brands and styles that will simply work for you! Our extensive range of products has been developed and sourced with YOUR needs in mind. Check out some of our favourite podiatric friendly shoes now:
PODIATRY FRIENDLY SANDALS
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