Foot Health & Care
At ECCO it all starts with your foot. How it works. How it responds. How it absorbs. How all fifty-two bones and fifty-six joints are capable of moving you.
Only by knowing everything there is to know about the foot is it possible to produce the world's most comfortable shoes and guarantee the best possible health and care for your feet.
So why do podiatrists & chiropodists recommend ECCO shoes?
ECCO shoes are designed to promote healthy, natural foot function and aid comfortable walking.
ECCO’s anatomical and supportive shoe construction, together with its freedom fit and super soft leathers ensure the best care for your feet.
Flexible, lightweight and breathable, you can rely on ECCO shoes to deliver the perfect fit.
As a result, health care professionals from around the world recommend ECCO shoes, sandals and boots.
Knowing your feet
Over 75% of the adult population suffer from some form of foot problem, yet most of us are unaware of our own foot type and how it affects the rest of our body.
Your feet are the foundation for your entire body. When they are misaligned or functioning poorly the effects can be felt throughout the body, including your knees, hips and back. Supporting your feet properly and allowing natural foot function, your overall body alignment can be improved, alleviating pain and preventing injury.
It's simply easier to enjoy life with healthy and happy feet and ECCO shoes are always designed with this in mind.
Better foot health starts with knowing your own foot type and understanding how it affects your daily life.
Common Foot Types
Our feet are our body's first shock absorbers - they alternately flex and stiffen as the body moves to absorb impact, respond to uneven surfaces and act as a lever to propel the body forward.
Our foot type can be classified into three broad categories based on how our feet perform in this role:
When the arch collapses too much and the foot rolls inward excessively, distributing weight unevenly. Pronation is the natural way that our feet absorb shock: when our feet strike the ground the arches flex down and in, in order to disperse the impact.
Everyone pronates. Contrary to popular belief, it is healthy and normal. The problem begins when one or both of your feet pronate too much. When the arches flex too far inward or stay collapsed for too long, pronation is considered excessive. We call this overpronation.
How do I tell if I overpronate?
Overpronation is by far the most common foot type accounting for approximately 70% of the adult population. Pronounced wear on the instep side of shoe heels is a good indicator as to whether you have over-pronation.
Why should I care about overpronation?
Overpronation can negatively affect your overall body alignment. The lowering of the longitudinal arch pulls the heel bone in, causing the leg, thigh bone and hip to rotate inwards, and an anterior tilt of the pelvis. Unnecessary strain to the ankles, knees, hips and back can result.
Plantar fasciitis and inflammation, metatarsal pain, problems with the achilles tendon, pain on the inside of the knee, and bursitis in the hip are just some of the conditions commonly associated with over-pronation.
Supination is a natural element of movement whether it be walking or running. It’s the way the feet propel the body forward: the foot turns or rotates outward as the heel? lifts, weighting the forefoot and toes to push-off the ground.
Supination can become harmful when it occurs for too long or at the wrong times, or if the foot can no longer control the outward rolling. This excessive supination is what people mean when they say that someone supinates or is a supinator. Excessive supination is also called underpronation.
With excessive supination the foot rolls outward, distributing more weight along the outside of the foot and pushing the anklebone out. This causes excess strain on the ankle muscles and tendons and decreases ankle flex, reducing the foot’s natural ability to absorb shock. The smaller toes must do most of the work during push-off, decreasing efficiency of walking and running.
Is excessive supination common?
Excessive supination is the least common foot type. Some of us have had it since childhood. For others, excessive supination is the result of prior injury or over work to the muscles, ligaments or tendons that stabilize the ankle, such as from a sprained ankle.
Why should I care about excessive supination?
Excessive supination increases your risk of injury by decreasing shock absorption and reduces biomechanical efficiency by making the push-off phase less efficient. Impact forces to the muscles and joints of the legs, hips and back increase. Overall body alignment suffers. Heel bone, leg, thighbone and hip rotate outwards, resulting in posterior tilting of the pelvis. Ankles are under continual strain, making it harder to stabilize them. This increases risk of ankle sprains, knee problems or ligament damage. In addition stress fractures, shin splints, back pain and increased metatarsal pronation are commonly associated with excessive supination.
If you supinate too much you will need to improve shock absorption and increase ankle stability and strength. Stick with flexible footwear and, if you run, avoid stability or motion control shoes.
Neutral refers to the alignment in the feet and ankles in which the feet and ankles form a straight line. The feet form a stable platform with pressure distributed evenly across the heel and forefoot.
What is a neutral gait?
Gait refers to the way we walk or run. A neutral gait refers to efficient biomechanics in which the feet, legs and body work as they should. For the feet, this means they pronate to absorb shock as the foot strikes the ground, then supinate to form a rigid lever for even push-off. The pronation and supination occur appropriately during the gait cycle and do not occur excessively.
Is a neutral gait good?
Having a neutral foot and gait contributes to good overall body alignment in which ankles, knees and hips are not strained inward or outward. This facilitates good overall biomechanics, which help prevent excess strain on the muscles, joints and spine, reducing the risk of many types of injuries. About a quarter of the population have a neutral foot type.
About your Arches
A series of arches allow your feet to efficiently support your body weight whilst absorbing shock and adapting to uneven surfaces.
When we talk about our arches, we're most often referring to the medial longitudinal arch. Spanning the heel to ball of foot, its main function is to distribute body weight and absorb shock. High, low or collapsed medial arches disrupt the distribution of body weight across the foot, impairing shock absorption. Low or collapsed arches are often associated with over-pronation, while high arches are often associated with excessive supination.
This arch runs perpendicular to the medial arch across the mid foot. Many forefoot problems such as bunions, hammertoes, numbness or pain can be associated with a collapsed or low transverse arch. Some relief may be offered by supporting this arch to increase room for the nerves and blood vessels in the mid foot.
ECCO shoes provide proper support for all foot and arch types with anatomical full-length foot support built in, helping your feet stay strong, active and healthy. Our shoes also all come with the unique ECCO ‘freedom fit'. A wide fit over the forefoot and snug instep with an anatomically shaped sole construction. The freedom fit allows the foot and toes to move freely, delivering the perfect fit and supporting
Common Foot Related Problems
If you suffer from a common foot complaint, wearing ECCO shoes can help you to manage the problem. ECCO’s anatomical and supportive shoe construction, together with its freedom fit and super soft leathers deliver the best care and comfort possible for your feet. Flexible, lightweight and breathable you can rely on ECCO shoes to deliver the perfect fit. If you require further information and advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us through the ECCO Advice Centre.
Plantar Fasciitis is the irritation and inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of connective tissue running along the bottom of the foot. Pain is usually felt near the heel, but can also be felt in the arch. The pain is most predominant when taking the first few steps in the morning but may improve during the day.
Plantar fasciitis can be caused by different factors, including foot arch problems, a tight achilles tendon, lack of support during prolonged standing, obesity or sudden weight gain. The key to healing plantar fasciitis is to minimize stress on the plantar fascia ligament so that the body can start to heal the inflammation.
ECCO shoes support your feet and arches properly in the neutral position, facilitating healthy and natural foot function. This can help reduce the strain and stress on the plantar fascia, reducing pain and helping the area heal. Shoes we would specifically recommend for plantar fasciitis include:
Men's casual shoe
Women's Casual Shoe
ECCO BIOM HYBRID WALK
Women's Outdoor Shoe
ECCO MOBILE II
Women's Casual Shoe
Shin splints refers to pain and tenderness along or behind the shinbone (tibia). The pain usually develops after physical activity. Repetitive stress to the area can lead to inflammation of the muscles, tissue, and periosteum of the tibia, causing pain. Shin splints can be caused by many factors, including overpronation, flat feet or excessively rigid arches, sudden increases in training levels, and / or improper footwear.
If you have shin splints make sure to get sufficient rest. Stretching, massage and muscle specific strengthening can help. Warm up properly when you exercise and scale back on your training when you experience pain. Make sure you have the right support underfoot and select the right footwear for your foot type.
ECCO shoes support your feet properly in a natural gait position to facilitate healthy foot function and improve the overall alignment of your feet. If you run, train or walk regularly and suffer pain, take a look at our range of BIOM natural running or walking shoes. Shoes we would specifically recommend for shin splints include...
ECCO BIOM ULTRA
Women's Outdoor Shoe
ECCO BIOM ULTRA
Men's Outdoor Shoe
ECCO BIOM HYBRID WALK
Men's Outdoor Shoe
ECCO BIOM HYBRID WALK
Women's Outdoor Shoe
A bunion is an enlargement of bone or tissue around the joint at the base of the big toe. This forces the end of the big toe to turn in towards the other toes, while the bone at the base of the toe pushes outward. This condition is also known as Hallux Valgus or enlarged metatarsal heads. Bunions often, but not always, come with uncomfortable pain - either acute or chronic. Pain can be caused by walking, inflammation or forefoot pressure from footwear.
Bunions are found more often in women than men. They can be caused by many factors, including poor foot mechanics, flat feet, years spent wearing overly tight shoes, rheumatoid arthritis, or trauma from long-term abnormal foot motion. Some people appear to be genetically predisposed to develop bunions.
Bunions can also indicate a fallen transverse arch. Supporting this arch properly can help reposition the foot and alleviate bunion pain, helping the body to heel the area. Resting the foot, and wearing ECCO shoes with their unique ‘freedom fit' can also help reduce the inflammation and pain of bunions. Shoes we would specifically recommend for bunions include...
Morton's neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue between the toes. It commonly affects the nerve that travels between the third and fourth toes.
Morton's neuroma is more common in women than men, but the exact cause is unknown. However, some experts believe abnormal positioning of toes, flat feet or high foot arches may play a role in the development of the condition.
Symptoms of Morton's neuroma include tingling in the space between the third and fourth toes, toe cramping or sharp, shooting, or burning pains in the ball of your foot (and sometimes toes). Pain often increases when wearing shoes or pressing on the area and gets worse over time.
ECCO’s freedom fit which allows the foot and toes to move freely and naturally within the shoe would help. Shoes we would specifically recommend for morton’s neuroma include...
Corns and Callouses
Corns and callouses are areas of thick, hard skin. They usually develop due to rubbing or irritation over a boney prominence. The hard, thick skin is called a corn if it is on your toe and a callous if it is somewhere else on your foot.
Corns and calluses are something that most people will develop at sometime or another. They are the result of thickening of the top layer of skin, usually in response to repeated physical trauma. For many people, corns and calluses cause some degree of pain and discomfort. For some they are a cosmetic concern, especially larger calluses that develop on the heel.
They often develop on the areas near the joints of toes in response to shoe friction. Another common place for a corn is the side of the little toe. Soft corns can develop in between toes in response to two toes rubbing against each other. They can often develop on the soles and ball of the foot because these areas experience the most ground pressure.
If a corn or callus is painful or you see any blood in it, you should have it treated by a podiatrist. Calluses on the bottom of the feet and heels may also benefit from wearing footwear with soft, cushioned soles to alleviate pressure. Shoes we would specifically recommend for corns & callouses include...
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