Choosing the right shoes is very important, and not least, choosing shoes based on what purpose they are to be used for. This is important not only for the foot themselves, but also the rest of the body. It is wise to keep in mind that one shouldn’t only go for the look of the shoes, but its functionality and area of use instead. So how do we find The Feel good shoes?
There is a jungle of shoes out there – both online and in stores. We are not always able to think practically when we buy shoes, as we tend to think only about the design and shape. Had there been a better public information about the health issues that can arise from choosing the wrong footwear, I think many people would think twice before buying them. Let`s take a look at what we can keep in mind when we go shoe shopping. How can we avoid health issues by choosing right?
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Happy Foot Shoes
Let us now focus on how we can make our foot happy foot. There are a number of things we need to think about before shopping for shoes. Personally, I have worn the wrong shoes for many years, but my values have changed along the years, so I`m much more focused on what will feel comfortable. If you want to give yourself a proper foot service, you must pay attention to the width of the shoes. When buying shoes, put your foot on top of the shoe before you try it on. If the shoe is wider than the foot, it is anatomically perfect. If it is the opposite, something is not right
We all have unique anatomy and have different needs. This also applies to a very high degree for our foot, but there is one thing most people have in common, and that is how the foot are built up. The foot consist of a total of 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments each. Your foot change throughout life, and will adapt to their surroundings. Therefor we need to think about finding shoes that make our foot happy.
There are 3 main types of medial longitudinal arch:
– Normal medial longitudinal arch
– Low medial longitudinal arch (“flat foot”)
– High medial longitudinal arch (“pes cavus”)
How we can keep our feet happy:
- Normal medial longitudinal arch – Does not need any extra support, but it is wise to keep in mind that the shoe is wide enough and that there is a certain cushioning and stability in the shoe.
- Low medial longitudinal arch (“flat foot”) – Go for shoes with insoles specially designed to stabilize a low arch with the need for extra support under the foot.
- High medial longitudinal arch – Wear shoes with good cushioning and support in the longitudinal arch.
Foot Pain, Relief Shoes – When the Damage is Already Done
Unlike our ancestors, we walk on hard surfaces most of the day. Therefore, a shock-absorbing sole has become necessary.
A very good shoe for absolutely everyone, but unfortunately a shoe that very few people will use, is the type of shoe that is wide enough in the front so that all toes can move freely. Many people buy shoes that are either too narrow in the toe, to flat or simply just the wrong shoe for the type of foot one have.
In many cases, when the damage is already done, one will need help from an orthopedist or chiropractor to correct what has developed in the wrong direction. In many cases a chiropractical treatment is the first thing one think of as an alternative to get help. Many chiropractors won’t treat you before image diagnostics have been performed (X-rays, MRI or CT- scan). They may even refer you to an orthopedist, as surgery may be necessary to correct the injury (s).
Some of the most common foot ailments:
- Morton’s neuroma and metatarsal saliva
- Hallux valgus
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spurs
- Achilles tendinitis
Now, let`s check out some alternative relief shoes to ease the foot pain:
- Hallux valgus – Wear shoes with a wide toe box – many often end up with men’s models as these can be wider.(Avoid high- heeled shoes).
- Morton’s neuroma and metatarsal saliva – Wear shoes with a wide toe box, shoes with a stiff sole can reduce pain as it reduces extension of the bones in the forefoot when rolling off the foot. (Avoid high-heeled shoes).
- Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs – The insole should provide good support along the entire arch of the foot, without squeezing uncomfortably. Shoes with rounded sole. Wear shoes with a wide toe box.
- Achilles tendinitis – Zero drop running shoes. Heel in shoe should not squeeze on the irritated area.
There are a lot of good brands on the marked. I would however visit a store where you know the staff can provide the right expertise to help you with what you need.
I would like to point out that this is not a website where medical questions can be answered. If you have any health challenges that require medical attention, please consult a professional.
Foot Pain and Chain Reactions
When our foot are not feeling well and the symptoms slowly but surely starts to show, it may not stop there. The problems will often spread to other parts of the body; Legs, hips, lower back to name a few. It can even propagate further up the back and neck. It is therefore very important to take good care of your foot.
One can look at the foot as the foundation of the body. They receive all body load from morning to evening, and often walk an average of 10,000 – 15,000 steps per. day.
Wrong footwear can lead to back problems. Shoes that cause you to tip forward changes your entire basic platform, and your body has to compensate and adapt in order for you to be able to stay upright. The pressure on the foot, especially the forefoot and toes, increases a lot.
The pressure on the knees also increases significantly. Since the body is forced forward, the back must compensate by forming a sway backwards in the lumbar spine, which leads to increased load. The whole body works in a coordinated manner where one part is dependent on the other.
This is why choosing the right shoes is so important, and of course seeking help when needed. So many people are suffering from pain in joints and muscle, and many could have prevented it if they knew the consequences of not choosing the right gear. There are of course other reasons to the above conditions besides choosing the wrong shoes, but this time we`re talking about shoes, foot pain and the chain reactions from this. One can only get better in making good choices in life, all it takes is a litt practice.
Choose Healthy Lifestyle Shoes – You won’t Regret it
I know that there are so many gorgeous shoes out there in the shoe jungle. I personally love shoes, and I`ve always had a big passion about high-heels. In my adult days on the other hand, I find my self using much more comfortable shoes with good support and shock absorption. High-heeled shoes are allowed (by my self) in special occasions – and I always bring another pair of shoes along… just in case.
I recommend everyone to think twice before ordering or buying shoes. Ask yourself; Is this the right shoe for my type of foot? Is this a healthy choice? Many stores offer tests of how you run on a treadmill, for example – to find out which running shoes you need. Others can also check what type of foot you have and what types of walking shoes you need. Not everyone charges for the service. This is a very good service, and it helps us to make the right choices when buying new shoes – Do the smart thing, and choose healthy lifestyle shoes.
Let`s Not Wait
As we have seen, there are many components that are connected here. It is wise to think ahead – think about the fact that we have to get along with the body and that we aim for many good and pain-free years.
I encourage you all to invest in your own health, and make wise choices. One good start is to find the right shoes for your foot. They will carry you for many years to come, and they deserve all the help and care they can get on their journey.
I can speak from experience regarding muscle and joint pain due to the wrong shoes. It`s very tiring having constant pain over long periods of time. It took me many years until I finally realized what the real problem with my back pain was. I did the math and found out that the problem I had was caused by using wrong shoes at work – concrete floors all day long. It was a painful experience, but at least I learned from it and do not make that mistake again.
Let’s not wait! Let us find our way in the jungle of shoes, and break the code for a bright and painless future. Happy shoe hunting guys!