The Art of Footwear

Appropriate footwear is an essential element of maintaining normal foot function and reducing risks to foot/lower limb injury whether it is in the work place or on the sporting field. The Podiatrists at the Essendon Foot Clinic have a keen interest in all aspects of footwear science irrespective and are more than happy to advise their patients as to the suitability of varies types of footwear from “state of the art” linear road running shoes to specific safety footwear or even day to day casuals.

What do we know about footwear you ask?

Bernard Comerford has participated in both the Melbourne Marathon and the Burra to Broken Hill Ultra-Marathon (1988) in his years as a road runner, played Australian Rules football and competed in tennis, cricket and triathlons as an adult sportsperson. He has been a member of the Footwear Advisory Board with Standards Australia and worked in numerous industry consultancy roles regarding the manufacture, suitability and supply of safety footwear with different organisations including the Australian Defence Force, South Pacific Tyres, Qantas, Ansett, Reserve Bank, Caterpillar Australia and Autoliv. Bernard also held the role in the 1990’s as the Senior Training Advisor for The Athlete’s Foot Corporation teaching and training internal staff on all aspects of sporting footwear, from fitting to its appropriate use in the sporting domain.

Sean Bergin has worked for many years in both his training years and as a newly qualified Podiatrist for Active Feet, a specialized running shoe supplier, in its Prahran store. Sean’s love of running has seen him embrace his role of working with and advising runners of all ages.

Our relationships with those that count

The Essendon Foot Clinic prides itself on the close association it has maintained with for over 20 years with Australia’s foremost manufacturers and suppliers of sporting footwear including Nike, Brooks, New Balance, Asics, Mizuno and Adidas.

Similarly we have maintained close ties with safety footwear manufacturers Steel Blue, Oliver, Blundstone and Redback and the suppliers of their product together with a host of specialised footwear stockists around metropolitan Melbourne catering for those with “harder to fit” type feet, be it length, width or depth.

The clinic is happy to provide any information it can to its patients to make their job of finding suitable footwear that little bit easier.