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Great Ideas for Foot and Lower Leg health

Life is full of opportunities that we want to grab with both hands. However a moments though on how best to protect and look after our feet and lower legs and could pay dividends in the future. Here are many great ideas that just may keep you on your feet .

Are you having trouble fitting your orthotics in your footy boots? With the footy season well and truly in full swing, we often get all types of questions regarding football boots. The Football boots we buy are often chosen because we see our favourite player wearing them. Or sometimes because we like the colour!  Buying a footy boot is an important decision and we need to put this aside and consider some of important functional features. Some important function features include comfort, foot shape, materials, stud configuration and support. Here are a few tips to help you ensure you have the most appropriate football boot this season!

Selecting a boot that lets you perform at your best is far more important that style, colour or which famous sports person wears them. The right boot for your feet will ensure you have extreme comfort, support and prevent you from developing injuries. The 4 most important things you should consider when buying new boots are:

Fit:

Getting your boot fitted by a professional is key to comfort and injury prevention. When buying boots online you run the risk of them being too wide or too narrow. This can increase the likelihood of blistering, nail damage, and increase load on specific muscles. A professional can take into account your training and game history, your foot shape, and if you need to fit an orthotic. They also have up to date knowledge on the boots functional features.

Materials:

Believe it or not, the materials the boot is made of can effect overall fit and function. The lighter more synthetic materials often lack durability and support and do not conform to the foot like the leather options. Kangaroo leather is strong and durable, and will respond well to kicking and the rapid change in direction.

Studs:

The general rule of thumb here is that mouldable studs are better in dry conditions when the surface is hard and when its wet and slippery the longer screw ins are better suited. If you are a higher level player, sometimes it’s worth having two pairs with different stud configurations.

Orthotics:

Trying to fit orthotics or innersoles into your foot boots can be quite tricky. However, there are more options now available that are orthotic friendly. A light weight, low profile football boot will often not have the required depth to fit an orthotic. Having a removable liner is great, because the orthotic can then slip straight in. A football boot with a firm heel counter will complement the orthotic, and improve comfort. Asics, New Balance and Adidas all have orthotic friendly options in their range.

If you are unsure if a certain football boot will be appropriate for you or you are looking for advice on a new boot, make an appointment online or phone our clinic to chat to one of our Podiatrists.

Andrew Slessar is a senior podiatrist at Walk On Podiatry Hastings and is available for appointments on 5979 2255 or book online today!