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The Patient

I recently had a young lady come into the Doncaster Foot Clinic. 28 years old, a complicated history due to a serious injury. From top to literal toe there were issues & I explained the long road she had ahead of her to exist pain-free, which was her aim. But there were easy wins too! Wins she could control all by herself & it was staring her right in the face. Her footwear choice! If I had a pound for every patient I saw who complained about foot pain, whilst wearing the flattest pair of shoes, I’d be very rich indeed.

The Trainers

This patient was wearing the flimsiest and most elasticated pair of Sketchers I’d ever seen. They were incredibly flat & offered her zero arch or ankle support. They didn’t even have real laces – they were just for show! Of course, her issues weren’t going to be solved totally by a change up of footwear, but any advice, orthotic or treatment I could offer her would be immediately made redundant by her walking about in these self-destructing trainers!

The Logic

I delved deeper and found out that all of her other ‘go-to’ footwear were equally rubbish. A purge was needed!
For short distances of course, it isn’t going to matter too much what you wear. But if you’re someone, like this patient, who experiences foot pain when walking after a couple thousand steps, then you need to be seriously thinking about what you put on your feet before doing this kind of extended activity.

Tips for Buying a Good Trainer

When choosing a trainer, ideally you want to shop for this in person, not online. Hold the trainer in your hands and try to bend the toe of it backwards, try also twisting the shoe inwards. There should be a strong enough resistance that there is no real bend. Sketchers, as an example, will literally fold in half! Second to the bend test, you need to choose a trainer with some height around the ankle too as this will provide good arch support to those with flat feet. It is absolutely possible to wear the correct footwear & remain fashion conscious. All the bigger brands typically will have multiple trainers in their range that I’d give two thumbs up to!

How Can Doncaster Foot Clinic Help You?

Still stuck on what would be best for you? Everyone’s feet and needs are different. Our podiatrists at Doncaster Foot Clinic can provide you with support, direction, and care throughout your recovery for all of your foot issues. Since our staff are skilled in a variety of foot treatments, we can ensure that your foot health is in great hands. You can reach us by calling us at 01302 342 971. Or, to stay updated with our clinical updates and specials, follow us on Facebook.

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Time For a Trainer Purge!