Footwear Assessment

Podiatrist holding a sports shoe, demonstrating its function

What is a footwear assessment?

A footwear assessment is an assessment of the suitability of a patient’s footwear. You will be asked to bring an assortment of your shoes for assessment. During a footwear assessment different factors such as the material the shoe is made of, fastenings and style. The wear patterns on the soles will be assessed to determine walk patterns.

What is the purpose of a footwear assessment?

A footwear review is carried out on many patients to determine whether the type of shoes they are wearing are a contributing factor to their problem or condition. Inappropriate and poorly fitting footwear can lead to several problems such as blisters, callus and corns. Occasionally it can make the symptoms of a condition worse. Following an assessment a podiatrist will be able to recommend the best type of footwear for each patient.

What can a footwear assessment help with?

Footwear which fits properly can help to prevent or treat the following podiatry related conditions:

 

  • Callus build up
  • Painful corns
  • Blisters
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Knee pain
  • Shin splints
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Ankle sprain

Footwear can also be used to accommodate foot deformities and are a particularly useful tool for patients with disorders such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

Podiatrist fitting sports shoe

What are the benefits of a footwear assessment?

Following advice from the footwear assessment patients will be able to confidently choose and purchase footwear. Patients will know the correct types of shoes or slippers, material, fastenings and size.

For more information on footwear and sports footwear visit the College of Podiatry.