There are several factors involved in choosing the right type of shoes. This includes shoe size and the right shoe design for a particular activity. Shoes are basically the same but each has its own unique ingredient that sets it apart from other shoe types.
For those suffering from foot conditions such as hammertoes or flat feet, a visit to a podiatrist could give you an idea of what type of shoe is ideal for your condition. Dr. John Schilero is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with foot conditions and disorders.
Shoes have 5 major components. Each component comes with its own function. Below are the 5 components that goes into a shoe.
The toe box as the name implies is the space provided for the toes. It is located at the topmost portion of the shoe. It comes in different shapes and sizes depending on fashion and functionality.
This is comprised of two parts; the insole and outsole. The insole comes in direct contact with your foot and the outsole faces towards the ground. Its composition (hard or soft) determines its ability to absorb shock when walking, running or jumping.
This is located at the rear part of the shoe where the heel is located. Heel height has a direct effect on the amount of pressure transferred on the front part of the feet.
The vamp located at the middle area of the show is where laces can be found. It locks the foot in place and prevents the shoes from coming lose.
The sides is responsible for maintaining the shape of the shoe. It plays a large role in keeping your feet comfortable when wearing the shoe.
Another factors that can determine the overall quality of a shoe includes the material used. Softer materials reduces the amount of pressure on the foot but this can decrease the amount of support the foot receives. Stiffer materials reduces the freedom of movement within the shoe causing the appearance of cuts and blisters.
Form versus Functionality
Shoes are an indispensable part of our everyday lives. It is finding the balance between functionality and fashion that gives us the best chance of avoiding foot conditions or injury. At Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute located in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Wellington, we specialize in helping people suffering from foot disorders. To schedule an appointment, call 561-694-7776 EXT. 2112.