Start the footy season with the right boots for your feet!

No matter what code you are playing this winter; Rugby League, AFL, Rugby Union or Soccer, your footy boots can have a major impact on your performance and risk of injury!

Here are some tips when choosing the right footy boots for performance, structural stability and comfort:

Finding the perfect fit:

Have your boots professionally fitted to reduce the risk of lower limb injury. If required, orthotics can be made to fit your football boots.

Take along your footy socks and orthotics when trying on boots. Consider the width of the boots - a narrow-fitted boot can lead to problems such as ingrown toenails, forefoot pain, nerve pain and much more.

Selecting the right material:

Leather Boots: Leather will adapt to the shape of your foot quite quickly. These boots absorb water and may overstretch. The biggest positive wearing leather boots is that they provide some protection against being studded by opponents to the top of your foot during a game. 

Synthetic boots: Synthetic materials are usually cheaper, hold their colours and logos better than leather boots. Usually waterproof, however when they become wet, they tend to lose their grip. 

Stud height and placement: 

Dependant on the surface you are playing on, whether it be grass or asphalt, the stud height/placement is something to consider. Boots that have lower stud height and greater distribution will increase the surface area of contact and should hold better, lowering the risk of lower limb injury. Poorly designed cleats have hugely impacted on lower limb injury rates.  Longer studs become stuck in the drier, harder turf, adding to the twisting forces through the lower limb. 

Alternate between footwear:

When training, alternate your footwear from runners to your football boots during drills. Wear runners that provide cushioned support during medium to long distance running drills, and then wear football boots during ball skill training. This will provide your feet with the comfort and support they require.

Cutting Edge Podiatry can assist with selecting the right footwear for you and will help to manage any issues you have, preventing further injury. Experiencing blisters, bruised nails or ingrown toenails, although very common, can be caused by friction or pressure forces, and are signs of a bad fit.

Back to School! What to Consider When Buying Your Child’s New School Shoes

Confused when buying school shoes? You’re not alone.

Here’s a comprehensive guide for what to consider when buying new school shoes

 Did you know that your kids’ feet will spend up to 30 hours or more a week in their school shoes? This represents a large number of their school years spent within enclosed shoes, making it vital they’re fitted correctly.

Throughout a child’s school years their feet will grow and change along with their bodies, and therefore ill-fitting shoes can lead to problems in adulthood, such as ingrown toenails, corns, bunions and biomechanical changes.

Some handy tips will help everyone make an informed decision on the correct footwear.

Are both my feet the same?

Most children, and adults, will have one foot that is longer or wider, so it’s important to check both feet. As most shoes are sold as a pair rather then individually it is recommended to fit shoes to the longer and/or wider foot rather then the smaller one. The helps prevent cramming of the larger foot, especially around the toe.

Are my feet unique?

Your children's feet are still growing and the bones in their feet, still developing. Children’s feet come in all different shapes and sizes, some may have flat flexible feet, some may have high arches that are more rigid. Neither are good nor bad, however you should try and get a shoe that corresponds best to your child foot structure and appearance. If you’re unsure of your child’s foot type or what shoes suits best, then you should consult a podiatrist.

Do my feet fit correctly in these shoes?

If you're unsure whether new school shoes fit correctly or not, a good place to start is with the toes. Children should be able to move their toes freely, ideally have a thumbs width from the longest toe to the front of the shoes, the shoes shouldn't hurt and there should be no bulges from the toes on either side of the shoe. This should be done whilst standing as it takes in to consideration soft tissues expansion that we all get from non-weightbearing to weightbearing.

Can I pass down shoes from my other children?

Ideally shoes should be bought new and not be handed down in the family. Worn shoes will have moulded to the shape of the previous child's foot and could cause problems for your child's feet. Remember feet are unique. Slip-on shoes are also not recommended for long-term use, with podiatrists advising lace-up, Velcro or buckle-up shoes for school children.

Are growing pains normal? Is it growing pains?

In years gone by, children complaining of pain in the legs and feet would be told not to worry as it was just due to 'growing pains'. Expert opinion has since changed, and podiatrists now recommend parents get any foot or leg pain checked out, as most foot pain in children is preventable.

When to see a podiatrist

If any of the below are exhibited, it may be time for a check-up with a podiatrist.

  • Children complaining of pain in the feet, heel, knee or legs

  • Unexplained tripping and falling that is more frequent or regular then other children of a similar age

  • Irregular shoe wear

  • Skin or toenail irritation

  • Pain whilst or after exercise

  • Any other lower limb related complaint that does not resolve spontaneously

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

Just a reminder that we will be closed over Christmas from the 23rd of December and will reopen on the 7th of January🎄🎄

We thought we would also take this opportunity to announce that we have recently introduced our very own Instagram page @cuttingedgepodiatry. Please like us, follow us or leave a review :)

You may also like to follow us or leave a review through Google or Facebook. It’s always great to hear our patients feedback so that we can continue to provide a great service to our customers :)

Thanks again everyone for another great year, see you in 2019!

Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

WELCOME

It has been an exciting year here at Cutting Edge Podiatry, from introducing two new partners to relocating to a brand new clinic (photos below :)), and we would now like to introduce you to our brand new Advice & Tips Blog.

The blog will act as a link to our patients, to provide any practice updates including opening times or new staff. We will also be providing informed articles on a range of podiatry topics including How to Keep Your Feet Healthy During Summer, and How to Choose Your New School Shoes.

We are really excited about the blog and hope you are too!

We would also like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for all your support during 2018. We know that sometimes changes are not suitable for all, but we hope that we have been able to accommodate any concerns you have had.

P.s. we are also about to introduce a new Instagram page (@cuttingedgepodiatry), and in December we will be introducing a new email newsletter that will focus on bringing more articles and tips to our patients.

Our new clinic: