Foot Health

The Society of Shoe Fitters

We are very proud members of this fantastic Organisation.

The Society was founded in 1959 as a not-for-profit organization to assist both retailer’s and the public. Its aim is to improve awareness and knowledge of good shoe fitting and foot health.

Members include not only shoe retailers (both major multiples & local independent’s), but also shoe manufactures, podiatrists & chiropodists.

To become a member not only must the course be paid for independently, but each candidate must undergo an extensive shoe fitting training course, and complete a 5 month theoretical course which covers all aspects of shoes including:-

  • Foot anatomy and function.
  • Common foot problems and their causes.
  • Shoe fitting: foot type, orthotics etc.
  • Footwear Industry.
  • Shoe materials & construction.

Be Kind To Your Feet

Our feet are one of the hardest working parts of the body, yet the most neglected!

They have to support our entire body weight when we use them, stop us from falling over, hold us upright and allow us to to carry out the majority of our lifestyle activities.

Over an average lifetime, the foot will travel between 150,00 to 200,000 miles (that’s 6-8 times around the globe!). It is therefore so important that we look after our feet by putting them in correctly fitting shoes.

There are 26 bones in an adult foot, however these do not fully ossify (turn to bone) until around 18 years of age. They are therefore at their most vulnerable during this time, and can have long term damage and deformity if not looked after properly.

Healthy Tips

Always have your feet measures and shoes fitted by a fully qualified fitter to ensure the shoes are the correct size and shape.
Whatever your age, keep your feet clean and dry!
Keep toe nails short, and always cut then straight across – they can become ingrown if shaped like fingernails (the shape should resemble a TV screen).
Buy footwear made of natural materials e.g. leather, cotton etc. as these materials breathe and mould to your foot shape.
Where possible choose shoes with an adjustable fasting over the instep for a secure fit.
Monitor your child’s sock drawer and discard outgrown or misshapen socks. Socks and baby-grows that are too small at the toes, will restrict growth and circulation.
Never hand shoes down, they take on the shape of the previous wearer – they will rub and not support in vital areas and can harbor infections.
Back-to-School time is known as blister. Make sure new shoes are worn indoors at home for short periods prior to wearing all day at school.

When To Get Measured

You should have your Childs foot measured regularly. As a guide:-

First steps 6-8 weeks.

Preschool 2-3 months.

School 3-4 months.

Children do not always grow evenly but in fits and spurts.

We are always happy to check your child’s feet and we will able to tell you if your child has outgrown their shoe or whether they are still fitting well.