What shoes are you wearing right now?
Unless you’ve been away in the arctic, you’ve probably swapped your winter boots for something a little less heavy on your feet by now. Lightweight summer sandals, flip flops, wedges. You name it, if the sun’s out, we’re wearing it!
Changing from comfy, reliable flats and boots to heels and open toes can cause all manner of problems for your feet. We caught up with our resident podiatrist Lisa, to talk about the common problems of trying to look great whilst wearing new shoes and she’s given us these useful pointers;
- Wear new shoes whilst using a plaster or socks until the upper fabric/leather stretches.
- A cobbler can stretch the outer of your new shoes if needed.
- Going up a half size may help for summer shoes, allowing for your feet to swell in warmer months. Try removable insoles and take them out if they start to feel tight.
Who doesn’t love a wedge? Perfect for giving you height and complementing a summer dress, however callouses can build up on the outer edges of the toes and pinching and rubbing can occur around the big toe area.
- A wedge is, however, better than a stiletto as the pressure is more evenly distributed along the whole of the underside of the foot, rather than just at the ball of the foot.
- If wearing a heel all day, your legs and feet may ache – as can your lower back. Lisa recommends wearing a flat shoe to walk about in, changing into your heels when you arrive at your BBQ party! However, she knows that this is unfortunately where vanity often wins!
- Cracked heels tend to be caused due to ‘shearing stress’ when there is a build-up of hard skin on the heel area. The skin dries out and loses its elasticity.
- Remove the hard skin first using a file – best done when the foot is dry.
- After bathing, use a urea-based cream daily. For severe cases, wear cotton socks overnight to help with the absorption of the cream. We stock a range of foot products which can help with rough and dry skin on the feet.
- In severe cases, you’ll need to rehydrate the skin – drink plenty of water and apply plenty of moisturising cream.
Suffering with a blister?
- Keep it covered until it subsides, as the body will re-absorb the fluid.
- If it bursts it will be sore, so use an antiseptic dressing to cover and avoid any infection.
- If you are a diabetic you’ll be more prone to additional problems if it becomes infected, so take heed!
- Keep your feet elevated for as long as you can to relieve uncomfortable pressure.
- Soothe your feet in cool water for short periods.
- Don’t walk in your usual manner. Gradually build up the time you spend on your feet (from 1-2hours) until they become more comfortable and wear shoes that allow more movement.
If you’re about to go on holiday, Lisa recommends taking a first aid kit with you – include plasters and blister plasters. Be aware that your feet may swell so follow the tips above.
And finally, if your shoes are never comfortable? Get rid of them!