One thing I find myself talking about often these days is footwear. It seems as though with winter here, many people are buying new boots and are sometimes developing pain as a result of it. It is so important to get a good quality shoe that is well made and fits your foot.

After all, your shoes are what support your foot, which supports the rest of your body! This is called the “Kinetic Chain”, and when there is a problem with the Kinetic Chain, problems can happen not only in your foot, but everywhere that this chain leads! This could be your knees, hips, and even low back.

When you are buying new footwear, there are a few things you should consider.

First and foremost is comfort. If a shoe is rubbing your foot in places leaving blisters or callouses, the shoe you have chosen is not for you.

Second, you need to make sure that the shoe's sole is stable enough. Without a stable base, your foot will be sliding all over the place!

Third, make sure the shoe stands up straight. How are you supposed to stand up straight if your shoe is crooked?

Fourth, there should be lots of support in the back of the shoe, and your foot should have good interaction with the back of the shoe so that there is no blistering, and your foot knows where it is in relation to the ground.

Fifth, it is important to note if the shoe bends at the right spot for your toes. This is even more important in flat-footed people as it helps prevent problems such as bunions from developing!

Of course this is just scratching the surface of what you should be looking for when it comes to a shoe, and different conditions (Achilles tendinosis, plantar fasciitis, Morton's neuroma, bunions etc) will all have their own special considerations.

This is, however, a good guideline to be thinking about as you are looking for that next pair of shoes for this season's holiday parties!