Our standard foot and footwear assessment are what every customer of Precious Soles experience when they come in to have their feet and footwear checked. This is a standard check and is a free service.
When using a Branock device we see 2 measurements of length to help us determine shoe size.
- The first is the overall length of the foot from the back of the heel to the tip of the longest toe (not always the 1st toe).
- The second measurement is of the medial longitudinal arch, and is a very important measurement when it comes to fitting footwear. This tells us the length from the back of the heel to the ball of the foot.
The Branock device measures pure foot width, unlike ribbon device measurements like a Start-Rite or Clarks device, and gives an accurate width relative to the length of the foot.
This is an observation assessment of the height of the 3 arches of your foot. This Plays an important role in choosing footwear that is appropriate, and may alter the size your foot requires in certain styles.
The depth of footwear is the vertical space between the fastening and the inner sole. It is important to always take note of someone’s foot depth so the appropriate footwear can be recommended.
Depth is influenced by a few factors including, how much the toes shallow off in comparison to the arches of the foot, how high the arch of the foot is at rest and while weight bearing and if any kind of orthotic device is required to be accomodated in the footwear in addition to the foot itself.
Using all the above points we are able to estimate people foot proportions, and this is always important in being able to explain how different styles of shoes will feel. A good example of this is measuring an overall length that is 1-2 sizes smaller than a medial arch length, on someone with very high arches. This suggests that their toes will be shorter relative to the rest of their foot. In pointier style shoes and shoes with bigger toe boxes, it will often feel like the shoe is “too big” even if the foot position, when fitting, is correct.
Stance and barefoot gait
This assessment shows us what your foot does under load, so when you’re standing (bodyweight) and when you are walking (bodyweight x2). It gives us information on the stability of your foot, how you strike it when you walk, and what kind of footwear would help make your gait more neutral if needed.
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.