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Always fancied joining the likes of Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin, designing beautiful shoes, coveted by glamorous celebrities? Well you might be able to go one better than them and use science to design shoes that actually help people’s feet!

If you wear high-heeled or badly fitting shoes, the chances are that you are going to end up with feet that nobody wants to look at. Poorly fitting shoes can cause all sorts of nasty problems for your feet; things like blisters, corns and bunions which might not only make your feet look a bit weird, but also cause you pain.

You might be wondering where science comes into shoes and feet, well when making good shoes, it’s important to consider physics. Every time you take a step you are loading a lot of force, all your body weight, onto one very small surface area, know more commonly as your foot. By making shoes out of strong materials and designing insoles that can help reduce unwanted impact, you can not only limit the soreness of your feet but you can help your legs as well.

We also have to think about chemistry and biology. What is going on in your body can be quite important for your feet, for example, people with diabetes have to take extra care of their feet to prevent loss of feeling, infections and ulcers which, in serious cases, can lead to amputation.

It’s more important than you think to look after your feet, from making sure they aren’t sweaty and smelly to making sure they fit properly, and that your gait (the way you walk) is correct, preventing you from injury.

So if you think a career with feet and shoes is for you, why not consider the following:

  • A specialist footwear designer – designing footwear made to specific measurements. Have a look here to find Tom’s case study
  • A textile technologist – developing materials which wick away sweat and allow your feet to breathe and stay healthy
  • A podiatrist – working with a variety of patients, diagnosing and treating lower leg and foot problems.
  • A podiatry assistant – providing treatment for patients who have been diagnosed by a chiropodist and providing them with advice on foot and nail care.
  • A dietitian – Helping and advising people on healthy diets which will control diabetes and prevent any problems they may have with their feet.

You can find out more about careers in podiatry at www.careersinpodiatry.com