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Selecting new footwear: Top Tips from Dr Becker

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Believe it or not, our feet take us up to four times around the globe in our life time. The combination of 26 different bones, the shape, ligaments and muscles are naturally designed to withstand the physical stresses of everyday life., However, working in the forestry sector means being on your feet for large proportions of the day, often in changing weathers and therefore it is essential to have comfortable, supportive shoes to be able to complete work effectively and avoid long term health issues.


As a specialist in orthopaedics and chirotherapy, sports physician, Dr Norbert Becker is a leading expert in footwear health. Here, he tells us all about the key points for consideration when selecting your next pair of boots to ensure ultimate protection and comfort…


The Sole of the Boot


If the sole of the boot is too soft, the foot will not be given enough support to achieve sufficient momentum when moving forwards. This will cause unnecessary stresses and strains for both the feet and subsequently the rest of the body.


Supporting you as you walk


Boots should not impair a foot’s function but assist it, be it with non-slip soles, shock absorption or safety protection.

Dr Becker’s top three tips:


1. The shoe should always be fit for purpose taking different working conditions into consideration ,

2. It is better to try shoes on in the afternoon because the foot changes during the day and its volume increases slightly.

3. Ensure the fit is exactly right – that includes consideration for the lacing and allowing for toe caps.


For the latest forestry footwear on the market visit https://www.haix.co.uk/forest/ or your local distributor

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