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The ideal shoe for difficult feet
25/06/2020

Podartis has always had the mission to develop solutions for the well-being of the foot and ankle, with the aim of improving the quality of life for all those who have foot pain.

Special attention is given to all people who have problems and/or deformities in their toes, which are the main cause of foot pain.

Foot deformities generally occur at the forefoot level, the most common being the hallux valgus, which is a deformation of the first toe (the big toe) towards the outside, followed by the prominence of the head of the first metatarsus towards the inside. This pathology affects women more frequently, with a ratio of 3:1 compared to men. This pathology can be disabling but above all, it can negatively affect the performance of normal daily life activities.

 

Pain develops mainly at the level of the first metatarsal-phalangeal joint, due to the compression of the shoe, which does not model itself to deformity, and under the second metatarsal head due to the functional loss of the big toe during the propulsion phase.

The hallux valgus is associated with the deformity of the second toe, called the “hammer toe” (the big toe rotates under the first toe which thus rises); in the initial phase there is a reddening of the skin (due to the compression of an inadequate shoe), and then there is the appearance of a callosity until the skin ulceration.

As we have seen, for both deformities, the cause of pain is given by incorrect footwear, Podartis over the years, thanks to the knowledge acquired over the decades and its team of expert biomedical engineers has created footwear that protects “sensitive” feet, providing an excellent quality of life even for those with delicate and painful feet.

The main features of Podartis footwear are:

  • Biomechanical outsole: the Podartis Timing Rocker sole actively contributes to the reduction of pain, anticipating the propulsion phase by 8mm, avoiding the forefoot to be subject to painful plantar pressures, unlike what happens with all normal footwear.
  • Self-modelling (or thermoformable) upper: in the first case (self-modeling shoe) it is the shoe that models itself to the deformity of the foot, while in the second case (thermoformable shoe) the personalization can be even more targeted by modeling the forefoot area where the deformity is present with an industrial blow dryer.
  • Philoform toe: the protection on the toe of the shoe is higher than in normal shoes with the double effect of increasing the volume, allowing to accommodate deformities and to protect the toes more.
  • Absence of internal seams: foot rubbing is thus reduced to a minimum, eliminating skin stress on bone prominences.
  • Transpirability: the upper is designed to be breathable, preventing the onset of skin dermatological diseases (mycosis, dermatitis).