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Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Sunday, March 13, 2011

The footbeds of these shoes are made of cork and natural latex and they are contoured in the shape of a healthy foot. This ensures proper weight distribution with raised arches and helps support the foot’s natural shape and structure. Since the cork/latex blend is pliable, it reacts to the body’s natural heat and over a period of time, it yields to the characteristics of the foot. So the longer you wear them, the more comfortable they are. Cork is also renowned for its antibacterial properties, its high degree of elasticity and its ability to insulate the foot.
Doctor's notes: It takes a long time to like wearing hard, natural soles. The harder the footbed, the more stress the user has to put on striking the footstep and moving on. This does tone down when the footwear wears down a bit.

Fit flops
  • This footwear is biomechanically engineered to help tone and tighten your leg muscles while you walk in them. FitFlop sandals can help increase leg and bottom muscle activity up to 30 per cent. As a result, one feels less pain in the hips and knees. These sandals have patent-pending features and muscle-loading Microwobbleboard™ technology to increase the time that leg muscles are engaged every single time the user takes a step.
    Doctor's notes: No orthopaedic doctor would recommend wearing flip-flops, but this is the age of wearing anti-flip-flops. Users have reported relief from muscular pain in their feet and in the lower back after wearing these. Your leg muscles get activated by wearing these as they help realign ground force reaction closer to the joints.

  • CCO Jakarta shoes from Ecco are casual, trendy pumps. They have a soft, comfortable, moisture-absorbent sock lining that creates an ideal climate for the foot. The sole has slipresistance and offers comfort to the modern woman looking for a casual, yet trendy pair of shoes.
    Doctor's notes:Working women who spend long hours in the office sitting or standing must wear closed-toe shoes. While it is the norm to wear them in most office settings, I would say that it is very important to wear shoes that are comfortable and will not slip. Avoid wearing higher than five-centimetre heels to the workplace. It will not only make you look unprofessional, but will also tire your feet.

  • ZIPZ
    When creating Zipz shoes, the makers really thought out of the box. They claim they are the first and only fully interchangeable shoes. You can change the cover of the shoe by zipping it on the bottom. Depending on your outfit and mood, you can make a fashion statement each time you step into them. These are canvas shoes with an in-built arch support system to give optimum comfort. They are easy to maintain and can be washed. Best of all, you can stack a number of uppers to go with the bottom. This takes up lesser travel space.
    Doctor's notes: If you are travelling by air, your feet tend to swell. It is advisable that you let your feet breathe periodically. When fresh air flows in and out, your feet feel fresh.

  • MBT stands for 'Masai Barefoot Technology'. These are designed to simulate walking in sand. The shoe has a multilayered, curved sole that accomplishes this by creating a natural but uneven walking surface. They also increase shock absorption and do not stress the joints. Through this technique, the core strengthening muscles become stronger and active.
    Doctor's notes: I advise my patients to wear shoes with ample shock absorption. This way, when walking on an uneven surface, your feet and joints will not feel the stress and shock. This consequently leads to carrying a better posture and gait. Eventually it makes the very act of wearing the shoes a bit of a workout.

  • ASICS The Kayano shoes from Asics fall under the category of 'stability' shoes. They offer protective cushioning and the correct amount of motion control so that your feet stay stable. These shoes are recommended for people with mild overpronation (rolling feet inwards a lot).
    Doctor's notes: There are different types of shoes for different types of feet. Motion control shoes are for overpronators and cushioning shoes are for underpronators. The gel shoes fall somewhere between these two.

  • Reebok Easy Tone These stylish training shoes are good for toning. They feature exclusive Moving Air Technology with balance ball-inspired pods, which creates micro-instability and softness with every step. This proprietary technology is designed to tone your key hip and leg muscles with every step by forcing your muscles to adapt to the air volume within the pods.
    Doctor's notes: When you buy a pair of trainers, do not get swayed by looks. It is extremely important to check the fit (wear a pair of socks when trying them on) and comfort of the shoe. Wearing shoes with air pods fitted inside for a walk to tone your leg, calf and thigh muscles calls for comfortable and balanced shoes.


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