Considering how busy most people are these days, it comes as no surprise to learn that we take an average of 5,000 to 6,000 steps every day. This places a tremendous amount of stress and strain on the feet, heels and ankles, making it vital to select shoes that address your lifestyle and the unique physical attributes of your feet. This is especially true for people who spend the better part of their day standing and walking.
If you suspect that your shoes may be the cause of unexplained pain or discomfort, here are a few things to consider when choosing shoes:
- Try to wear shoes with a square-shaped or wider toe area
- Allow about one-half inch of space between your toes and the shoe’s tip
- Heels over two inches are notorious for causing pain in the arch and heel
- Have your feet scanned to determine whether or not you need support
- The big toe should be easily movable and never compressed
- If you’re a runner or highly active, see if stability shoes help reduce pain
- Don’t automatically go by size, as each designer typically has its own “fit”
Shoes Known to Cause Pain, Discomfort & Arch Issues
While some of these may seem obvious, it’s important to be mindful of which specific shoe styles are the most conducive to problems with support, balance and comfort.
They may complement your dress perfectly, but if you’re going big, go big in moderation. High heels and stilettos force the feet to adjust to extremely unnatural positions, and over time, this can affect the way you naturally walk, stand, climb stairs, etc.
Pointed Toe Shoes
Squishing your toes into a pointed tip not only decreases blood flow, it forces you to change your posture without even realizing it. Make sure your toes have room to breathe, wiggle and bend with ease.
Aside from their total lack of arch support and stability, the weight of heavy sandals can force the legs muscles to work harder than they should be. If you’re a warm weather sandal person, go with a lightweight design that has some cushion and support.
For more information on custom orthotics and how they can help reduce pain, call Riddle Wellness in Rochester NY at 585-670-0020 or write to us through our contact page.