Foot Care & Health

At ECCO it all starts with your foot. While other shoe companies are obsessed with shoes, our obsession is 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.

With the knowledge that over 75% of the adult population suffers from some form of foot problem, ECCO shoes are designed to promote foot care and comfortable walking.

Your feet act as a foundation to your whole body and their health has a big impact on your overall comfort and well-being. 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. Feet can be classified into three broad categories based on how they perform in this role:

  • Overpronation
    When the arch collapses too much and the foot rolls inward excessively, distributing weight unevenly. One of the most common foot misalignments.
  • Excessive Supination
    When the foot leans to the outside. Weight is distributed along the outside. Also known as underpronation, over supination reduces the body's natural shock absorbing capability.
  • Neutral
    The foot and ankle maintain a straight line. Weight is distributed evenly across the foot and heel.

Whatever your foot type, ECCO shoes are designed to properly support your arches in the neutral foot position to aid a balanced stance and facilitate healthy foot function.


About your Arches

A series of arches allow your feet to efficiently support your body weight whilst absorbing shock and adapting to uneven surfaces.

 

The Medial Arch

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 overpronation, while high arches are often associated with excessive supination (underpronation). However, this is not a hard rule. You can still overpronate with high arches or underpronate with low arches.

ECCO shoes provide proper support for any arch type with anatomical full-length foot support built in, helping your feet stay strong, active and healthy. 

 

Transverse Arch

Most of us are unfamiliar with the transverse arch. 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 all come with our unique ‘freedom fit'. A wide fit over the forefoot and snug instep with an anatomically shaped sole construction. Our freedom fit allows the foot and toes to move freely which in turn aids your comfort and well-being. 

 

Common Foot Related Problems

Plantar Fasciitis

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 foot function. This can help reduce the strain and stress on the plantar fascia, reducing pain and helping the area heal. 

 

Shin Splints

Shin splints refers to pain and tenderness along or behind the shinbone (tibia) felt along the inside or outside of the shin. 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, running or jogging, sudden increases in training volume, high-impact weight-bearing activities, over training, 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 healthy, neutral position to facilitate healthy foot function and improve overall alignment. If you run or train regularly and suffer pain, ask us about our range of BIOM natural running or walking shoes 

 

Bunions

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, bone deformities, nerve conditions, or trauma from long-term abnormal foot motion. Some people appear to be genetically predisposed to develop bunions.

Bunions can 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.