How to pick the perfect shoe for the spring races?

Maintaining comfort and style

Trying to survive a day at the races can be difficult and painful. So here are some simple tips from a Podiatrist to avoid painful feet at the races:

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1. Try to go for thick block heels or wedge style heels. These are in fashion currently and will help redistribute pressure under your feet.

2. Choose a heel with a heel counter. This will help support your ankle. Ideally the shoe must have a strap or fastening around the ankle to prevent ankle injuries such as sprains.

3. Have any painful lesions (such as corns of callouses) treated prior to the races. It is important to have these areas removed by a Podiatrist prior to wearing occlusive or heeled shoes to prevent discomfort throughout the day.

4. Heel height must be manageable. Ideally choose a smaller heel, these are currently in fashion. The smaller heel with prevent the level of loading through the forefoot and prevent the formation of mortons neuroma or metatarsalgia.

5. Take a back up! This is absolutely crucial. Take a flat sandal which you can slip on if all else fails. This is a much better alternative than walking barefoot with shoes in one hand and a glass of champagne in the other.

Hopefully these simple tricks help you to tackle the spring races in style but also comfortably!

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