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Footwear Advice

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It is very common to have lower limb swelling during and post pregnancy. It is therefore important to check your footwear sizing. Ill-fitting shoes can lead to foot problems such as ingrown toenails, corns, heel pain, ankle pain or injuries. 

The choice of suitable shoes will depend on the following factors:

Here are some general guidelines to consider when choosing shoes:

1) Broad stable heel base with a maximum of 1-2 inches heel height.

2) Firm heel counter: The heel counter should fit snugly around the back of the heel to prevent heel slippage and improve stability

3) The base (outsole) of the shoes should only flex at the front where the foot bends during toe-off.  If the outsole is excessively rigid, you may experience discomfort or muscle strain.

4) Breathable top cover materials such as leather or fabric provide comfort and good ventilation. It is especially important in Singapore’s weather as ventilation is required for sweat to evaporate quickly, reducing the risk of fungal infection, maceration and blistering.

5) Avoid wearing shoes with stitches near prominent bones as this may cause blistering or pain.

5) Sufficient width and depth in the toe box area to prevent friction and allow room for the toes to wiggle.

6) Correct Length: There should be a thumb’s width between the longest toe and the front end of the shoe. This should be tested when standing up.

7) Fastening Mechanism: Look for shoes with laces, Velcros or buckle straps across the ankle to secure the foot within the shoe. This reduces strain on the foot muscles and ligaments, and prevents injuries.

8) Removable Shoe Inserts/Liners: This will allow easy insertion of cushioning or corrective insoles (foot orthoses) if required.

Extra tips for shoe shopping

  • Have the feet measured while standing.
  • Shop for shoes later in the afternoon as our feet tend to swell through the day.
  • Try on shoes with the same socks or stockings you expect to wear with the shoes.
  • Our left and right foot may vary in size; always fit according to the larger foot.
  • Always try on shoes and walk around in the store. Shoes must be comfortable the moment you try them. You should not purchase any shoes that cause irritation or discomfort.
  • Always allow a breaking-in period for new shoes before going for long walks or a holiday.
  • If you need to wear insoles prescribed by a podiatrist, bring them along when trying out new shoes.
  • Replace your worn-out shoes! Deformed and uneven soles can cause instability and injuries.
  • Choose shoes that you are willing to wear! There are an increasing variety of footwear styles and designs that are comfortable. They do not have to be ugly shoes!

If you have any concerns with finding the right footwear, or if you are suffering from a foot condition, do consult our podiatrists for a professional assessment. We will be able to advise on the appropriate footwear to look out for!

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