Shoe Essentials


                                                          5 Shoe essentials for foot pain prevention

People are always searching for footwear which can provide comfort to their foot & prevent foot pain. The answer lies in finding five shoe essentials which are unique to your foot & get a truly customized shoe & orthotics to meet your foot-care needs  
Shoemade4u company incorporates footbase™ scanner made with cutting edge technology to analyze your foot type & structure & recommend the ideal customized orthotics to be fitted inside shoes for your needs. These customized footwear provides cushioning from shock absorption caused due to heel strike, proper body balance, pressure redistribution, metatarsal support, arch support, and control over-pronation.
Recommended by doctors & pedorthists, these shoes prevent most of common foot pain & you will feel great on your feet & enjoy life to the fullest by wearing them

1st Essential: Foot length & Instep girth of your foot

Sometimes people buy shoe that is tight fitted which can cause painful foot conditions. A customized shoe with correct foot length & thickness of your foot girth (Figure A, B & C ) is essential to provide unmatched comfort in feet

 2nd Essential: Arch type-Low, Medium or High

Identifying your arch type is important aspect for a healthy foot. For example, people with flat feet have very different footwear needs than those with higher arches. Lack of arch support may cause multiple foot problems.
Footbase™ scanner accurately analyzes your arch type which may be Low, Medium or high & recommend appropriate orthotics to prevent inflammation of fibrous tissue in the bottom of foot, pain in ankle & lower back etc

Low Arch (Flat Feet)

Characteristics: Foot with very flexible arch that collapses & sits low to the ground.
Potential Problems: Over-pronation, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, medial knee problems
Prevention: Orthotics should incorporate medial wedge and arch support to keep foot aligned & control over-pronation

Medium Arch Feet

Characteristics: Biomechanically efficient, moderately flexible foot & defined arch
Potential Problems: Susceptible to common foot problems such as heel pain & metatarsalgia from repetitive stress, thinning of cushion and improper fitting shoe
Treatment: Medium arched orthotics fitted inside the shoe with good cushioning and shock absorbing materials will give comfort and foot pain prevention

High Arch Feet

Characteristics: Very rigid foot with an arch that sits higher from the ground causing excessive pressure on heel & metatarsal area
Potential Problems: Plantar fasciitis, heel pain syndrome, arch strain & metatarsalgia
Treatment: Orthotics should have proper arch support, metatarsal & Heel area with strong cushioning properties


3rd Essential: Alignment of widest point of forefoot with your shoe

Proper shoe-fitting incorporates not only overall length (Heel–to-toe measurement) but also arch length (Heel–to-ball measurement which is widest point in forefoot)
Definition: (Image A) shows (Heel to toe) foot length of two people can be same but (Heel-to-Ball) Arch length may be different due to long or short toe
Problem: Many people may have short toes due to which their Arch length (Heel-to-ball) will be one size higher than arch length of their shoe. (Image B), it can cause a variety of discomfort in the foot & faster breakdown of shoe
Solution: Customized shoe incorporates aligning Arch length of foot with shoe.   (Image C) displays accurate alignment of arch of foot & shoe. This allows toes to remain straight & provide comfort to your foot
  • If a person’s Arch length is of Size 8 & his foot length is measured as Size 8 , then appropriate shoe will be of Size 8
  • If a person’s Arch length is of Size 8 but due to longer toe his foot length is measured as Size 9 , then appropriate shoe will be of Size 9
  • But if person’s Arch length is of Size 9 but due to shorter toe his foot length is measured as Size 8 , then appropriate shoe will be of Size 9


4Th Essential: Shoe with narrow toe area

Foot problem: Bunion
Inflammation, blisters, swelling and prominent bump on the foot around the big toe joint
Causes: Usually from wearing tight & narrow shoe with a constrictive toe box
Prevention: Wear shoe with wide toe box area


5th Essential: Heel & Metatarsal pressure points

Definition: Extreme discomfort & pain underneath heel or in the forefoot region
Causes: Over use of shoe with poor cushioning & excessive pressure on heel or metatarsal area due to various reasons. Usually such people avoid standing for long duration & may have numb pain in foot most of the time
Footbase™ scanner identifies the area of specific pressure causing discomfort & a cavity is created below it in orthotics by removing gel pad to relieve pressure.
Another remedy is to use orthotics with heel cups or cradles to absorb shock & use elevation pads to reduce pressure on heel. For forefoot use met-pads to reduce pressure