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Footwear review

Footwear reviews are a reliable and effective tool in the treatment and prevention of injury or overuse in the foot and lower leg.

What is a footwear review?

The type of footwear we use every day and during exercise has a significant impact on the way our foot functions and in turn can affect the likelihood of injury or other problems in the foot occurring.

A footwear review is the assessment of an individual's footwear in order to determine whether they are a contributing factor in a presenting problem or injury. This form of assessment can also be used as a preventative tool to avoid further injury from occurring or in the treatment of specific condition.

Who is a footwear review suitable for?

A footwear review will often be carried out as part of an initial assessment for all patients presenting with a particular problem. Therapeutic and bespoke footwear can be prescribed in the treatment of patients with a variety of different problems including diabetic neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis and deformity.

What does a footwear review involve?

The podiatrist may use various footwear assessment tools in the review of a patient's footwear. They will look at different factors that will determine the suitability of the shoes. They can include;

  • Length and depth of the shoe
  • Width and circumference of the forefoot
  • The width of the heel counter
  • Inside linings of the shoe ' are they soft or rough?
  • The material the shoe is made of
  • Does the shoe have strappings or laces?
  • Age of the shoe
  • Are there any wear patterns on the shoe?
Once the assessment is complete, the podiatrist will conclude whether footwear is a contributing factor to the patient's problem or if any changes need to be made to prevent future injury or problems occurring.

What are the benefits of a footwear review?

Footwear reviews are an extremely beneficial tool in podiatry. The following are a list of potential benefits;

  • Prevention of falls ' particularly in the elderly population. Avoiding loose fitting or open backed shoes can be effective in preventing falls
  • Prevention of ulceration in diabetic patients with sensory loss
  • Improved balance and stability
  • Prevention of the development of certain foot deformities
  • Reduction in pain and increased mobility in rheumatoid arthritis patients
  • Appropriate footwear can assist in the treatment of patients with hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Bespoke footwear can be prescribed to patients with foot deformities
  • Protects the foot from damage caused by external factors
To receive a footwear assessment with one of our podiatrists please e-mail or call 0330 088 4222.

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