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When Looks Shouldn’t Matter

Allied Health Care for the Ballarat Region

When Looks Shouldn’t Matter

Footy season is upon us.  Whether you play for the Redan Lions or Sebastopol Vikings you will be getting around in some form of footy boot.

So is it time for some new ones?  And how do you choose?  There’s a lot to think about.

Well, for starters, ignore how they look.  Comfort and fit is more important in order to reduce your risk of lower limb injury.

Consider your foot-type and shape.  Do you need support, cushioning or both?  Do you have any bony prominences?  If the boot is too narrow in the arch you might experience blisters.  Too wide and the boot will shift under you.

Consider the surface you will be playing on.  Moulded soles will work for dry grounds, screw-ins might be needed for wet, muddy conditions.  The majority of modern boots have moulded bladed or conical studs, or a combination of both. The configuration of these might interact with the bones of the feet, so get a feel for them when trying them on.  A typical area of complaint is under the big toe joint where the small sesamoid bones are located.

Consider the weight of the boot.  Does your position require you to run more than others during games?  You might prefer a lighter boot.  If you are in a more specialised position, you might focus more on the kicking sensitivity of the upper.

Leather or synthetic uppers? The leather may stretch a bit over time and accommodate your foot more than the synthetic types.

Do you need to accommodate an orthotic or additional insole?  Choose a boot with more depth.  This can be increased by removing the existing insole.

Do you need additional heel height?  This can be useful in reducing the load on the calf muscles and Achilles tendon.

Ultimately, the best thing to do is get your boots professionally-fitted. And remember, don’t buy on looks!

–  17_originalChris Vaughan is a podiatrist at Lake Health Group and believes that education and footwear play an important role in preventing and overcoming foot and lower limb problems.


Closure of Group Exercise Programs

Please note that Lake Health Group are going to immediately cease group classes and only have 2 members access the gym at any one time using their membership.

As coronavirus is serious and Victoria is in a state of emergency it is in our best interests to look after our clients and we feel 2 clients in a room allows enough safe distance (1.5 metres)

This guideline regarding gym usage is reviewed daily based on government recommendations. We request you book your appointment with administration with only 2 spots available at any given time to undertake your independent program in the gym.

For people in group classes who cannot access the programs, please arrange a one on one appointment with Jamie or Josh so that a home program can continue in the interim until group classes at Lake Health Group resume.

Closure of groups will be at least one month at this stage, but we will update you via our clinic, social media and website.

We thank you for your patience at this time.

Updated 16th March 2020