HOW ARE YOUR SHOES AFFECTING YOUR HEALTH?
We spoke with leading podiatrist Dina Gohil on why we avoid podiatrists and how badly shoes are really affecting our health, read our Q&A with a podiatrist below
WHAT DO YOU HATE ABOUT YOUR FEET?
What do you love about your feet? After speaking with many women, we realised that lots of us are ashamed of the lumps and bumps in our foot shape- but why? So your big toe sticks out slightly to the left, your right foot is slightly longer, your left foot is prone to swelling. In most cases, these problems, well, aren’t problems.
Even in one pair, no two feet are the same. London based podiatrist Dina Gohil, founder of DG Podiatrist, shares our mission to educate women on having healthy feet. We sat down with Dina for a Q&A with a podiatrist, to encourage women to get talking about feet.
EVERYBODY HAS A FAVOURITE PAIR OF SHOES
It’s not a secret anymore, right? Most women have bunches of shoes that never see the light of day. Whether they’re too tight, they’re the wrong fit, they’re impossible to wear everyday, we all have our excuses. So, what is the trick to finding comfortable shoes? First of all, our shoes are handcrafted with comfort in mind. Including premium features such as;
- Memory foam sole
- A heel grip that prevents rubbing and blisters
- Optional arch support, to distribute your weight, relieving pressure
But, while we’re having a Q&A with a podiatrist, we couldn’t resist finding out what a foot professional looks for. “Personally, I love shoes that have a soft upper for my toes, hug my mid foot. Plus, some sort of ankle support. Most of the time I live in trainers, and I have my favourites when it comes to shoes and heels!”
It’s unsurprising Dina lives in trainers. Before, we mentioned Dina is a highly qualified podiatrist, running her own sleek and stylish practice in West London. During the day, Dina offers consultations and treatment for nail and foot care. For professional women, wearing heels all day are a no-go. However, most of the time, it is not the style of the shoe causing you pain, it’s the fit.
WHAT DAMAGE CAN ILL FITTING SHOES CAUSE?
It wouldn’t be a Q&A with a podiatrist without getting a little bit technical. So, we asked Dina what’s the harm in wearing half a size bigger or loose fitting shoes here and there? “Wearing ill-fitting shoes can cause harm to your feet in many ways,” Dina elaborated. As a few examples go, you may experience soft tissue stress, fatigue, corns and blisters. Sometimes, you may even develop friction bumps on the joints of your toes and thicken nails over time that can’t be reversed.”
WHAT DO WE ACTUALLY KNOW?
Irreversible damage sounds pretty scary, but it’s a reality not many people are told about. For Dina, she believes education is a big reason why not all of us go to a podiatrist, explaining ; “I don’t think it’s around being fashionable or busy- people just don’t know. People assume a pedicurist at a salon will fix their woes, but sadly not, they’re just not medically trained.” What can a podiatrist do differently? “Seeing a podiatrist who can help educate the client on how and why you’re having the presented issue, as well as treating the client safely and pain free.”
IN THE FUTURE
Just like Dina, we want to remove the stigma around talking about feet. Women should be feeling confident head to toe- in the workplace, nights out, big occasions- and their foot health and shoe shouldn’t get in the way of that.