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Shoes selection

What is the right choice of footwear when we have a foot injury?

Here are the important criteria that can help us in the healing process and in the long term to prevent certain injuries. First of all, it is important to have a podiatric evaluation and advice specific to our activities and our type of foot.



1- The outer sole of the shoe should bend at the base of the toes, not elsewhere!

2- The buttress should be firm. The rear portion of the shoe, just above the sole, should not be soft.

3- The arch of the shoe should be reinforced. The outsole of the shoe should be hard to bend.

4- The heel of the shoe should be higher at the back by 5/8 to 1 1/4 in.

Important Tips:

  • Shop at the end of the day, because your feet swell;
  • Remove the false sole and place the foot in it (correct length and correct width);
  • Avoid pointy-toed shoes;
  • Choose shoes that are deep enough;
  • Avoid shoes without heel support;
  • Avoid heels that are too high.

If you want to practice a specific sport such as running, tennis or golf, it is important to have a suitable shoe for this sport, which does not necessarily correspond to the description above of a shoe with more support.

For running, it is important to consider the minimalist index of a shoe. A high minimalist index corresponds to a light and flexible shoe while a high maximalist index is a heavier and more rigid shoe.

Here are the 5 criteria for the minimalist index:

  • Heel thickness;
  • Shoe weight;
  • Flexibility;
  • Difference between the height of the rear vs the forefoot;
  • Rear stability technology.

What are my needs; minimalist or maximalist shoe?

The choice of shoe depends on many factors. Here are the factors analyzed in a podiatric consultation:

  • Analysis of shoes previously worn;
  • Level of running experience;
  • Running technique (heel, midfoot or forefoot);
  • running surfaces;
  • Recent and previous injuries;
  • Race goals.

A shoe adapted to your foot allows you to avoid aggravating or causing certain common foot pathologies such as pain related to Hallux valgus, bunion, pain in the 5th toe, hammer toes, corns, corns, partridge eye and bulbs.

Make an appointment with your Mirabel podiatrist today.