Jules Wakeham, 31, is to marry her partner Deane after having surgery to allow her to walk without a crutch or insoles Jules Wakeham suffers from severe osteoarthritis in her arm and leg. Due to her condition, she was unable to walk without the aid of shoe insoles and crutch support as her heel never fully reached the ground, staying within two inches mid-air. ‘I haven’t come across anyone who has had as many joints fused as me at such a young age, said Wakeham.

Fortunately, upon undergoing a procedure, the Bride-to-be can finally walk down the aisle after having surgery to fuse her wrist and ankle joints. Though her surgery was successful, the 31 year old will be required to don a pair of trainers underneath her bridal dress as a result of her condition.

‘I haven’t been able to walk barefoot for five years now, and I’ve missed being able to walk down the street holding my fiancé’s hand. But I have learned to make the most of what I’ve got,’ she added. Wakeham had to have at least eight operations following two falls, which left her with many broken bones and deformities.

Proper foot support is important to keep your feet in correct form and prevent injuries. If you need help or guidance in properly supporting your feet, consult podiatrist Dr. James C. Ricketti of Hamilton. Dr. Ricketti can help you choose the best footwear for your feet.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support. 

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

The arch is the most important part of the foot, which is where most of the support and balance of your feet lies. The arch of your foot varies in height, and as you age, this height can change. Proper foot support will help musculoskeletal issues, which causes inactivity or disability.

When looking for shoes that give proper support to your feet, you should refrain from wearing ill-fitting shoes.  If footwear is too tight, this can affect the body’s posture, stress, bone deformities, and other foot and back pain. Therefore, it is important that shoes fit well in order to avoid these complications.

Shoes to Consider:

  • Good heel and arch support
    • Have proper length and width for your feet

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