I love my shoes! However, after many years on my feet, I have become much more discerning about the type of shoes I wear. My shoes not only have to look good but feel good. Gone are the days when I can squeeze my feet into a fancy pair of heels and not have very sore feet the next day.
As a runner, I have experienced plantar fasciitis, a painful overload injury involving the thick fibrous tissue which runs from the heel to the sole of the foot.
Diagnosing my own feet problems and working out the best treatment approach is what got me interested in lower limb biomechanics, one of many musculoskeletal physiotherapy sub-specialities.
Like many of you, I need a little extra support along the arch of my foot to reduce strain on my plantar fascia and other parts of the ankle and foot. The arch support is provided by a removable prescription orthotic I wear in my running shoes.
For years I would have to remove the orthotics from my running shoes and slip them into my everyday casual or walking shoes to provide the extra support my feet needed. I was therefore delighted to be introduced to Strive footwear a few years ago. The Strive range, made by podiatrists, has a built-in orthotic and provides the extra support I need without having use an additional device in the shoes. Also, the Strive casual shoes and slippers provide a deeper heel cup and extra cushioning; and they look great, not like clumpy orthopaedic shoes. I have four pairs!
With many of us now spending more time at home due to the current restrictions, and with winter on the way, the Strive slipper is an excellent option for stylish comfort. Strive slippers have attracted the attention of the Ireland AM team who will be profiling the Vienna and Copenhagen slippers on the 25th of November.
Here at Mount Merrion Physiotherapy & Health, we stock a selection of casual shoes and slippers from the Strive autumn and winter range. Under the circumstances, we have the range in select sizes available to purchase online and then collect here at the clinic. We can also arrange for you to try them on by appointment.
In good health,
Practice Principal & Chartered Physiotherapist