When browsing the aisles at the shoe store, we rarely consider much besides the style and price of the shoes we’re eyeing. But, the correct pair of shoes can be much more than a cute accessory. The shoes you choose can have a huge impact on your foot health, your posture, and how you feel throughout the day. The wrong shoes can cause corns, bunions, joint pain, and more.
Know Your Foot Issues
If you’re ready to start shopping for shoes, the first thing you should do is figure out what foot issues you have, if any. Visit a podiatrist to see if you have fallen arches, narrow or wide feet, bunions, hammertoes, or other problems. Often, these issues can be aided by wearing the right kind of shoes, which your doctor can recommend. Another good option would be wearing specialized insoles such as Morton’s neuroma inserts for instance.
If you don’t know you have foot problems, you can make them worse by wearing shoes that don’t provide support, are too tight or too loose, or cause tension in your feet.
Rotate Your Shoes
You may think that the best thing to do once you find a pair of comfortable shoes is to wear them all the time, but that’s actually not true. If you wear the same pair of shoes over and over again, you can cause foot fatigue. When the same muscles are used for support, they can get sore or inflamed. The best way to avoid this issue is to have several pairs of comfortable shoes and rotate them throughout the week.
Choose the Shoes for the Activity
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When deciding what shoes to wear, make sure to take what you’re doing into account. If you’re walking to work, for example, those cute flats might not be the best decision. Wearing shoes with no support during your commute can cause problems for your joints, your posture, and your feet, and you’ll run the risk of developing fallen arches, bunions, corns, and more.
While heels are a popular choice for a lot of office environments, the higher the heel, the more dangerous it is for your feet. Constantly wearing high heels can put you at risk of heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.
Keep Your Feet Healthy
Even when you’re not wearing shoes, it’s important to examine your feet on a regular basis. Make sure to let your feet air out if you wear socks to avoid athlete’s foot. If you notice any cracks or rough skin, use a pumice stone to smooth them out so that they don’t get worse. It’s also important to remember your feet when you’re out at the beach: they need sunscreen too, especially when you’re wearing sandals.
Wearing the right pair of shoes for your feet and your body is vital to staying healthy. While it can be tempting to just pick something cute or cheap, buying shoes that fit properly and provide the right support goes a long way towards making sure you don’t have foot or joint pain.