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The Truth About Good Shoes – Part 2

As I was saying in last week’s blog, good shoes can make all the difference with good foot health.

So what are the types of things you need to look at in a shoe to determine if it is a good shoe?

1. Good Heel Counter

What is a heel counter? A heel counter is that area at the back of the shoe that helps hold your heel into the shoe.  Ideally it should be stiff, so that the counter can grip your heel bone, and if you have to wear orthotics, it will help anchor them into your shoe.rigid heel counter

 2. Difficult to Twist

This sounds a bit weird, but what do we mean by this?  This means that if I grab the shoe and can twist it and ‘ring it out, like a dish rag’, there is no stability in the shoe.  When your foot is in shoe like this, it can slide from side to side as you walk.  This can cause not only foot and arch pain, but also hip, knee and lower back pain.  Again, if you have to wear orthotics, a shoe that has a flimsy upper will not stabilise you, you will get blisters in your arches, and not get the full benefit of the orthotics.


3. The Sole Flexes At the Ball Of Your Foot

You want the sole of your shoe to bend at the ‘ball of your foot’ (forefoot), not further back at your midfoot.  Why? This is how your foot naturally flexes, your midfoot only flexes slightly, but not enough to push you through to your next step.  All the flexion comes from the forefoot.  If your shoe flexes further back into the shoe your foot works even harder to keep you walking.  And again, if you have to wear orthotics, this type of shoe would make it very difficult to wear them comfortably.

stable-shoes-bend-toesNext week, we discuss a few more items you should look at when buying a good pair of shoes.

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