FAQ

FOOTWEAR

A shoe should follow the shape of the foot and not the other way. In conventional footwear the shoes are built on a symmetrical shoe last due to demand and fashion. The function of these shoes are purely fashion and offer no benefits to wearing.  

We obsess over this as its the beginning of creating a dysfunctional, unhealthy foot.

hoe has been designed in this way to aA functional shoe is one that offers flatness across the metatarsals. Again when we compare this to conventional shoes which have a convex shape similar to the bottom of a sailing boat. The conventional shoe has been designed in this way to allow for the wider load to fill the narrower toe box.

The foot is a sensory organ allowing you to receive a considerable amount of information - temperature, pain and stress. The footwear should not go against this. 

For example wearing no shoes across broken glass or snow will negatively affect your ability to walk correctly due to pain.

FUNCTIONAL FEET

This is depending on the severity of your feet. The worse your feet are the longer the journey it will be to functional feet. This should begin with an online consultation with one of our team members.

You can regain considerable amount of function in your feet but the ascetics usually follow after function.

Firstly its important to note the amount of people that are misdiagnosed flat feet - in our experience 7/10 people who're diagnosed don't have flat feet.

If you are the minority then yes we can help and yes there are things that can be done. 

We recommend you book an online consultation so we can diagnose your feet and instruct what should be done.

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 time - 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

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