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Our Sport brand of choice is Asics, and for good reason. When we look at footwear we look at how it is made and what benefit it...

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Fittings

Size does not matter! It is only a number. Every foot is unique and requires a detailed analysis before any attempt is made to fit footwear.

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TESTIMONIALS

Always an efficient and professional service. We have been buying shoes from here for over 8 years and never had cause to complain.

Michele

 

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ASSESSMENTS AND ADDED SERVICES

Standard Foot Assessment

Our standard foot assessment is what every customer of Precious Soles experiences when they come in to buy shoes. It is free of charge with every purchase and footwear check. It involves the following:

 

Length measurement

  • Either using a Start-Right or Branock measuring device
  • This gives us our guideline size

 

Width Measurement

  • Using the same devices this gives us our starting width.

 

Arch height

  • This is an observation assessment of the height of the arch/instep of your foot

 

Foot depth

  • This puts a better perspective on the width measurements and is again assessed by observation. As an example someone with a wide foot may measure a narrow width on the measuring devices if their foot becomes very shallow towards the toes.

 

Foot proportions

  • Unless using the Branock device this is a visual assessment. This is a good guide to a more accurate shoe size, as the proportionate length of the heel-toe and heel-ball can influence the fit of a shoe.

 

Stance and barefoot gait

  • This, again, is a visual assessment and does not require a treadmill. This gives us information on whether extra support is required either under the arch of the foot or around the heel to promote a healthy stance and gait style.

 

All existing shoes can then be checked using our 6 point scale, which comprises of, toe position, ball position, toe box space, ankle security, fastening integrity, and footwear structure integrity. This is a standard check for all footwear.

Advanced Foot assessment

Our advanced Foot assessment is used when we suspect there may be more going on with lower limb function that originally thought. It is used to rule out any lower limb or joint conditions. It can also be used to gain information on how a previous injury or existing medical condition may be affecting they way you walk.

 

The assessment takes around 35-40 minutes and includes all of the criteria of our basic assessment plus:

  • Recorded data and measurements of each assessment point give a much more detailed view of the foot to the customer and the fitter.
  • Includes lower limb tests deemed necessary in testing for conditions such as hypermobility, muscle weakness and compensations, possible differences in leg length and foot strike patterns.
  • In some cases we can also check ligament and tendon integrity.

 

These assessments must be booked in advanced with either Peter or Jonathan.

 

This is a chargeable service and the price varies so please request the cost when you contact us.

Gait analysis

Many of you are now familiar with gait analysis, especially those who are avid runners. Our gait analysis differs slightly from other footwear establishments.

 

This assessment can take anywhere between 45 minutes and 75 minutes. Firstly you will receive all the checks from the Basic and Advanced foot assessments then in addition to this:

  • We will video your gait and slow it down to up to 1/10th of the speed meaning we can show you each individual part of your gait and foot strike pattern.

 

The analysis is conducted in the following conditions:

  • Barefoot (as a control test)
  • In your most commonly worn footwear (up to 2 pairs)
  • Training shoes (for sports enthusiasts/professionals, running and walking)

 

The information gathered can be useful to the customer and to our fitters on various levels:

  • You can see exactly how you walk, and you can also see any detrimental effects or improvements to your gait style with existing and recommended footwear.
  • The fitter is able to analyse, in much more detail, how and when your strike influences your lower limbs and can provide adaptations or recommendations to aid in its improvement.
  • You have the option to take a copy with you to show and other specialists you may be seeing such as physiotherapists and podiatrists.

 

This tool is fantastic in aiding your understanding of how correctly fitted footwear can help you be more comfortable, pain free, supported correctly, and performing better.

 

This is a chargeable service and the price varies depending on the level of assessment required, so please request the cost when you contact us.

Adaptations

Our unique footwear adaptation service is one of the services that makes us stand out above other footwear retailers.
We use adaptations in cases where a foot is extremely narrow or wide, where an instep is extremely high or flat, where orthotics are present, and in some cases for prescriptive reasons from podiatrists and other medical specialists.
Please note we will not do adaptations if we do not deem it absolutely necessary for the fit of the footwear and for the improvement of gait style.

 

Our in store adaptations depending on complexity usually take between 5-15 minutes. Our more complex adaptations which involve deconstruction of the footwear can take up to 3 weeks depending on the complexity of the adaptation
As each adaptation is unique and every shoe is different, the price for each adaptation is quoted before any work is started.