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Performance And Comfort – Golf Shoe Review

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As the evolution to more lightweight athletic style golf shoes continue, more brands are entering the market. This doesn’t mean that the traditional market leaders in this segment are getting overtaken, quite the contrary.

FootJoy, the clear market leader in golf, has probably never had such a broad range and variation within their quality shoes, yet at the same time running shoe companies such as Nike, and now Asics are aiming fair and square at the golf market.

We have a done a road test on the massively popular FootJoy Pro SL and also the new comer on the block, the Asics Gel-Ace Pro FG.

From the ground up the FootJoy is a spikeless golf shoe and the Asics is a soft spike. No options here on either. This in itself may be the deciding factor for some golfers. In recent years there has been movement towards golf shoes without spikes. Just look at The Open Championship this week and you will see plenty of players in spikeless, something rarely seen only a few years ago.

Both shoes are slightly pitched at 10mm offering the best in class structural assistance for standing and walking for long periods of time. This ‘Heel Pitch’ is a key feature in assisting normal foot function in walking, something sometimes forgotten in golf shoe design, especially as Australians generally walk the course. Both have structured mid sole, yet the FootJoy has a much wider lateral flare along the outside of the shoe. This feature offers an increased level of lateral for support during the swing, and would be the number one selling point for people with high arched feet or those who regularly blow out the outsides of their shoes. It supports the foot laterally when the weight moves this way towards the top of the back swing on the back foot, and in a similar fashion to the front foot on the follow through – great design feature.

The FootJoy comes in two width fittings a normal and wide fit, while the Asics is a 2E standard fit. Interestingly the difference in fit is in the shape of the toe box. While the width and volume of the FootJoy across the forefoot is is excellent and has the two width options, the toebox shape is less rounded then the Asics and offers a little less room around the toes for players with toe deformities or really square shaped feet.

Both the uppers are premium leather and offer a comfortable worn in feel straight out of the box. The Asics appears to have a firmer heel counter so if you have rubbing issues on the back of your heels the FootJoy may work better, however the structure of the heel counter in the Asics shoe, born out of their running shoe experience, gives surety and feel to the shot and is more then likely going to wear exceedingly well.

Both shoes are clearly made for players and I recommend trying both when purchasing your next shoe. Neither will disappoint and both are waterproof guaranteed which is excellent for winter golf.

These shoes are priced at the premium end of the market and aimed at the regular player. FootJoy Pro SL $249.95, FootJoy PRO SL BOA $279, Asics Gel-Ace Pro FG $260.

Good hitting out there.

 

 

Diabetes and your feet

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Did you know that Diabetes can affect your feet? If you have been diagnosed with diabetes it is important to have you feet checked regularly by a podiatrist.

Over time elevated levels of sugar in your blood can lead to impaired circulation, this means less blood is able to travel to and reach your feet. If you have poor circulation, any injuries to your feet such as cuts, burns and scratches will take longer to heal.

Elevated sugar levels in the blood can also damage the endings of your nerves and over time this can lead to neuropathy or loss of feeling in your feet. The nerves in your feet act as an emergency warning system to alert your brain to dangers so that you can act accordingly. Because of this it is very important to make sure you are always wearing adequate footwear to protect and support your feet. It is also important to check your shoes regularly for seams that may be rubbing on your feet, or any stones and sticks that may have ended up in your shoe and cause damage to your feet, which you may not feel.

A diabetic foot assessment performed at least once a year is important as it allows our podiatrists to test and monitor your blood flow and nerves and report back to your GP and endocrinologist.

These tests will determine if you are at high risk of diabetes related foot complications such as ulceration and amputation. Regular testing allows us to monitor any changes to your foot health over time and give you management strategies to help care for your feet in the long term.

The truth behind corns and callouses

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Hyperkeratosis (hardened skin/callous and corns) are a condition that many individuals suffer from over their lifetime. Callouses are diffuse areas of thickened skin. Corns are more focal areas of hard skin that grow in an inward direction often causing more acute areas of pain.

There are many different reasons why an individual may develop corns and callouses and they can include:

  • Excessive pressure/friction on your feet because of your biomechanics or walking style.
  • Poor/ill-fitting footwear
  • Foot deformities

Our podiatrists are experts in the ongoing care and management of corns and callous. They will be able to remove your corns and reduce your callouses whilst providing advice for long term care.

An appointment with one of our podiatrists will allow them to asses your footwear as well as your foot shape and function. They will then be able to advise which shoe type is best for you and provide any offloading that may be required to help you feel comfortable and pain free.

You can also care for your corns and callouses at home my moisturizing your feet regularly to hydrate and nourish the skin making it feel soft and smooth. A foot file or pumice stone can also be used regularly to help remove some of the dry skin preventing it from building up.

If you have a corn it is important not to use corn plasters as if used incorrectly or on fragile skin can cause blisters or burns.

Toe Walking in Children

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Toe walking, or walking up on the balls of the foot is common in young children; it is estimated that 5-10% of children will toe walk.  In most cases children who are healthy and otherwise developing well, will grow out of this way of walking. In a small number of cases, it may be a sign that there are more serious issues.

Toe walking is most commonly seen when children first begin walking; they may walk on the balls of their feet in the first 2-3 months but begin contacting with their heel once they become a little more confident with walking.

It is worthwhile having your child’s toe walking assessed if you are concerned, if the toe walking continues after 2 years of age or if your child is becoming less coordinated over time.

After 5 years of age most children will have ceased toe walking. Those that continue to toe walk may do this out of habit and will not generally do this constantly.

In those children who persist without any underlying health issues, the condition is called idiopathic toe walking. This means that the cause is unknown.

Treatment is often not required under the age of 6 if the child is otherwise developing well. Toe walking can, however, lead to tight calf muscles and sometimes leg or foot soreness. Your podiatrist can assess the tightness of the muscles, rule out joint issues and suggest a massage and stretching program to help maintain flexibility. This will help to keep your child comfortable and active and promote a more balanced gait or walking pattern in the long term. Sometimes special footwear, arch supports and gait training games or exercises may also be used.

In conclusion, toe walking is a common condition that resolves without long term issues for most children, however, should be assessed if you are concerned that your child has pain, other health or development issues or if the toe waking persists after 2 years of age.