FAQ

FOOTWEAR

A shoe should respect the shape of the foot and not the other way around. Asymmetrical means the shape differs from one side to the other; the inside of the foot (from the big toe to the heel) is straight, whilst the outside rounds off.

In conventional footwear, the shoes are built on a symmetrical shoe lasts. This is due to the way shoe-last machines were designed during the industrial revolution, demand and fashion. 

A functional shoe should provide a flat surface with no heel-to-toe drop and a toe-box that is wide and flat with no toe-spring.

The foot is a sensory organ allowing you to receive a considerable amount of information - temperature, pressure distribution and the direction forces acting upon

Functional footwear should provide appropriate sensory feedback with some trade-off for protection if necessary.

FUNCTIONAL FEET

This is depending on the severity of your feet. The worse your feet are, and the older you are the longer the journey. This should begin with an online consultation with one of our team members.

No matter where you are now, you can always improve!

Firstly its important to note the amount of people that are misdiagnosed with flat feet - in our experience 7/10 people who're diagnosed don't have flat feet. This is partly due to the diffuse definition surrounding the term.

We recommend you book an online consultation so we can diagnose your feet and advise what you need to do.

We have many options to help you on your journey to stronger, healthier feet.

We have online workshops where you will be able to learn at your own pace - we recommend beginning with foot function workshop

Alternatively you can have a one to one consultation where we can analyse you and over platforms such as FaceTime and Skype. Here we will insure you have the correct diagnosis and give you the correct information to start your journey to healthy, functional feet. 

COMMON FOOT PROBLEMS

Inflammation of the small, bony channel between the heel & ankle

Symptoms: ankle stiffness, instability, pain when walking/standing on top and side of foot

Cause: Ankle sprain, prolonged instability, altered foot biomechanics

Small break in one of the foot bones e.g. metatarsal fracture

Symptoms: Severe pain, swelling and tenderness over the fracture

Cause: Repetitive overloading e.g. kicking, running, jumping, increased training, uneven distribution of weight on metatarsal and other foot deformities caused by footwear.

Inflammation of the tendon at the front of the ankle that lifts up the foot

Symptoms: Gradual increase in pain at front of ankle and top of foot, worse after rest

Cause: Overuse e.g. running, esp. off-road or downhill, muscle weakness & tightness

Toe deformities which alter the positions of the small bones

Symptoms: Stiffness, pain and abnormal curling of one or more toe

Causes: Tight, pointed shoes, toe injury, problems in nerves or blood vessels, arthritis

Fungal infection of the skin, tinea pedis. Affects approx 15% population

Symptoms: Scaly, itchy, flaking skin, swelling and blistering

Cause: Poor foot hygiene, excess moisture, humid conditions, contagious

A type of inflammatory arthritis that causes crystals formation in joints e.g. big toe, due to high uric acid levels

Symptoms: Sudden onset of intense pain (typically at night), redness, swelling, heat

Causes: purine-rich diet, hereditary, obesity and often linked with diabetes

Small lump filled with jelly-like fluid, found near foot joints & tendons

Symptoms: Small, pea-like nodule. Causes pain if presses on nearby structure e.g. nerve

Cause: Foot injury, aging, often unknown origin

Pinching or compression of nerve in the foot, leg or lower back

Symptoms: burning or shooting pain, pins and needles, numbness, foot weakness

Cause: Swelling, injury, spinal deformity, disc bulge

Bony bridge connecting two or more of the foot bones. Affects approx. 1% of the population

Symptoms: Stiffness, instability and foot pain, typically in early adolescence.

Causes: Congenital condition (present since birth), often hereditary