Five reasons why it’s important to look after your feet:
As kids, we’re jumping, falling, running, stubbing toes, skateboarding, breaking bones, dancing, playing soccer or rugby, and sometimes wearing ill-fitting shoes because we’re growing so fast.
All of these things that happen to us when we’re kids have an impact on the health of our feet long-term. This is because any bone injury near a joint can injure the growth plates in children, and of course, kids who are playing sports at a high level; such as dancers, gymnasts, or soccer or footy players, have an even higher risk of toe, foot, or ankle injuries.
What does this mean for us as adults? Well naturally, we have to look after our feet! (After all, we only have TWO!)
We also have to choose our footwear very carefully, because FEET are TRICKY THINGS! (Ask any podiatrist or chiropodist!)
Here are five reasons why your feet need love and attention and what you can do to give it to them;
You'll have noticed that time and time again we've said, “wear the right shoe for your foot” but HOW do you choose the right shoe?
Know your foot. Yep, most of us have the full 10 toes and two heels, but it's important to know that feet come in all shapes and sizes and knowing your foot's particular quirks is the key to selecting the right pair of shoes.
Original image via EMOII.
The Roman foot shape has a squarish or roundish forefoot, which requires more room at the front of the shoes. When choosing shoes for the Roman foot, avoid a narrow or sharply pointed front. Shoes with a square toe, round toe, oblique toe or egg toe are all good choices, so explore the Olukai range if you've got a Roman foot shape.
For those of you with the Egyptian foot shape, choose shoes that have extra space for the big toe, and enough overall width to avoid squishing to the big toe. Check out the Keen range - you can't go wrong if you're an Egyptian foot shape with Keen.
The Greek foot shape can work well with pointed shoes but high heels are not recommended because they push the foot forward and squish the second toe in the toe box. Youch. Shoes with laces are a great option to prevent the foot from sliding forward. Check out the stylish Teva collection.
Aside from the toe shape, there are also other aspects to consider when you're choosing your ideal footwear. Things such as; high or flat arch, foot width, instep height, heel shape, etc. People with a high arch and high instep might need shoes with a higher toe box. People who have a flat foot can get tired with long walking, and better choose shoes with proper arch support.
TOP FITTING TIPS:
Use the rule of thumb. There should be about 1-1.5 cm between the front of your longest toe (as the Greek Foot second toe is longer than the first) and the end of the shoe which should be half a thumb to a full thumb between the end of your longest toe and the end of the shoe. You want the heel to fit snugly and it shouldn't slip out when you walk. The upper part of the shoe (over the top of your foot) needs to be snug and secure, and not too tight anywhere. In a shoe, you need to easily wriggle all of your toes when the shoe is on.
NB: For hiking with full packs aim for a full thumb, but for casual, general and light hike use, a half thumb is more than enough.
The depth of your shoe is incredibly important! KEEN shoes are a much deeper shoe than most which allow for someone with a higher midfoot to fit ... but more importantly, allows for someone to remove the KEEN insole and put their own custom orthotics in. In our current range, the KEEN Explorer is a great example of this.
We love to share the responses from our happy and satisfied customers, and this one was emailed to us by a customer who has orthotics. We helped her out and advised her to get our KEEN Explorers. She loved them and responded with this great review, "Love them!!! Perfect fit with the help of Matt sending me a foot measuring chart." (click here to check out our fantastic chart!)
Now that you're a little wiser on foot-matters, head on over to our Instagram and Facebook and leave a comment under the matching post. Just type GREEK, EGYPTIAN or ROMAN and let's see who has the rarest foot shape!!!
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