Good footwear is often overlooked as a means of helping lower limb pains and problems.

Good footwear requires that the mid-sole be of good quality. Casual shoes work well with a strong shank (a strengthening plate that goes from the heel to just short of the ball of the foot). Failing this the midsole needs to be of uniform density. Cheap shoes are made from blown rubber and in order to keep the overall weight low the heel part is generally hollow. This results in the shoes breaking at an uneven rate and even collapsing at the point of greatest weight bearing. Ultimately this can make any lower limb condition worse.

The following pages of footwear should be considered a guide and in no way definitive.

Casual Shoes

Sports Shoes

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Useful resources:

The Role of Footwear in Rehabilitation: A Review