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Expat Health Insurance News: 'Consider support' when buying shoes

Expatriates may be able to avoid making claims on international health insurance policies by wearing appropriate footwear.

Podiatrist and spokesman for the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists Matthew Fitzpatrick noted high heels heighten the pressure on feet and this is "abnormal to the way the foot should be".

Although this footwear is good for women who wish to appear smart, they should not be worn for long periods of time, the healthcare professional stated.

He claimed people who do a great deal of walking should wear shoes that are sturdy and supportive.

Footwear must allow feet to expand, as this body part can "swell naturally" throughout the day, Mr Fitzpatrick remarked.

The expert suggested that men and women get their feet measured and buy shoes during the afternoon rather than in the morning for this reason.

"Choose appropriate shoes for the activity," he advised.

Function should be a consideration as well as fashion when purchasing footwear, Mr Fitzpatrick continued.

He noted shoes ought to be securely fastened to feet with buckles, straps or laces.

Although people can still wear dolly shoes or slip-ons from time to time, they will realise a lack of support if they have to walk around on hard surfaces such as concrete, the specialist stated.

This can cause problems and strain the feet, Mr Fitzpatrick said.

Recent research led by the University of East Anglia furthered the public's knowledge of the causes of adult-acquired flat feet.

This condition most commonly affects women aged over 40 and is frequently undiagnosed.

It is caused by a stretching out of the tibialis posterior tendon – which is near the ankle bone and is the foot arch's main stabiliser- when it is gradually strained over time.

Investigators hope their findings could eventually result in a new drug therapy for this painful ailment and other common related conditions including Achilles tendonitis.

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