Does Bad Shoes Equal Bad Feet?

The Connection Between Bad Shoes and Bad Feet

When it comes to health, what you put on your feet matters. The shoes you might find fashionable or fun can place an extreme amount of pressure on your feet and ankles in all the wrong ways, leading to potential problems down the line. Although you don’t have to totally sacrifice style for stability, it’s important that you are mindful of your foot and ankle safety when you purchase footwear. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Comfort

First and foremost, your feet should not feel smashed or smothered when you slip on your shoes. Footwear that is too tight can rub your skin and it causes calluses, bunions, and hammertoes. These conditions can all be quite uncomfortable and even require surgery when they are extreme. If you are helping children or another adult select a pair of shoes, it is worth the trouble to find a professional who can measure the length of an individual’s feet and find a shoe size that works accordingly. If your kids still have room to grow, keep an eye out on the tips of their toes to make sure they are not cramped inside of their shoes. At the same time, your shoes should not feel too loose or you will find yourself adjusting your toes and heels in uncomfortable ways in order to keep them from slipping off when you walk or run.

Balance

Sky high heels might be popular on the runways during New York Fashion Week, but that doesn’t mean that they are practical in real-world scenarios. If you are on your feet for long amounts of time over the course of the day, consider wearing flats or a lower heel to reduce strain on your natural arch, heel, and ball. Today there are many fashionable options that are also safe for your feet. If tall shoes are required in your profession, consider keeping a pair at your place of work and wearing a more comfortable option during your commute. Selecting shoes that have proper ankle support is also important if you have weak or previously hurt ankles. Look for options that have high tops or straps to offer support.

Surroundings

You might find that it is valuable to update what’s on your feet as the seasons change. What works well in the spring might not be the best shoe option for winter weather. Be aware of your environment and select your footwear accordingly. In colder months, this might mean slip-resistant souls to keep you from sliding around in icy conditions. In the summer, select a sandal that leaves your toes with room to breathe and protects your natural arch shape. You should also keep your activities in mind. If you are running on an old football injury, for example, a brace or supportive sock might be essential to keeping your foot from falling victim to yet another injury. Likewise, if you are hiking the complex trail, a fully enclosed boot with ankle reinforcements and strong souls will be helpful as you navigate the rough terrain.

There is definitely a connection between the quality of your footwear and the health of your feet and ankles. If you have questions about selecting the right shoes or supporting equipment, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We will treat your feet and ankles like they are our own, and you can rest well knowing that you are in good hands under our care.

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