Leonardo da Vinci had the perfect description for the human foot when he referred to it as “a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.” The foot is a complex structure comprised of 33 joints, 26 bones and more than 120 nerves, ligaments and muscles. Our feet take thousands of steps every day, carrying the entire weight of our bodies, so it is not surprising that they are a part of the body that is most commonly injured. Foot pain isn’t normal, so here are 8 tips to avoid foot pain from shoes.
1. Wear the right shoe for each activity – choose your shoes carefully and make sure that they are correct for the type of activity you will be doing. In other words, wear running shoes when you go jogging, safety shoes if you work on a building site, and so forth. When you buy shoes too, get the right shoe size for your feet, but put them on and walk around in the shop for a few minutes before actually buying them - shoe sizes differ from brand to brand. Also remember to give your feet a break from wearing shoes all the time and take some time to walk around as nature intended with bare feet! Wearing no shoes from time to time will help your feet to become stronger and reactivate that connection between your brain and the earth.
2. Don’t wear flip flops for too long – flip flops should not be worn for long periods of time. They’re ideal to wear if you’re just pottering around the house or garden, but if you need to go out shopping, then wear a comfortable shoe that will give your feet more support. The same applies to high heels – they’re perfect for going out for a few hours, but not the best shoe to wear all day long.
3. Shop for shoes at the end of the day – your feet are inclined to swell up slightly during the day so it’s better to try on and buy new shoes when your feet are a bit swollen and at their maximum size. Shoes might fit perfectly if you buy them in the morning, but when you wear them and your feet swell slightly through the course of the day, the shoes that were quite comfortable in the store when you bought them, will be uncomfortably tight and give you sore feet. Other good pointers when buying new shoes to avoid painful feet include:
• Wear the type of sock you will wear most often with the shoe
• Always measure your feet while wearing socks to determine their size at that time
• Spread your toes to make sure that the shoe is broad enough
• Stand up and make sure that there’s a finger-width of space between your big toe and the tip of the shoe
• Don’t take it for granted that the shoes you buy will stretch and be more comfortable after a while
• Try on a few pairs of shoes until you find the ones that are best for you
4. Check your shoes regularly for unusual wear and tear – if, when checking your shoes, you find the heel to be wearing out on one or both of them, it’s quite possible that your foot/feet are pronating and you need insole supports to correct the way you walk. Should you need insoles, you can choose from a variety here
, where they provide insoles for all types of foot problems.
5. Avoid badly-fitting shoes – badly-fitting footwear can be the cause of a painful foot condition called metatarsalgia, commonly known as a “stone bruise”. It is a kind of pain and inflammation that occurs in the metatarsal, or ball of the foot. Metatarsal pads, shock-absorbing insoles or arch supports from here
can be used to relieve the pressure when walking.
6. Maintain a healthy bodyweight – overweight or obese people very often suffer from painful feet, especially the plantar fascia, the flat band of tissue or ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes in the foot. The purpose of this ligament is to support the arch of your foot. With the pressure of carrying excess weight around all day, your plantar fascia becomes weak, swollen and inflamed. You can prevent this from happening by simply changing your eating habits and reducing your bodyweight.
7. Wear the proper socks – as with your shoes, the socks you wear should interfere as little as possible with the correct functioning of your feet. Socks too, can affect the way you move and walk. For instance, they can prevent your toes from spreading as well as cause your feet to slip around inside your shoes. Socks should be made of a breathable material that will allow your feet and toes to move as freely as possible. According to a military study, socks made from synthetic material were more effective at preventing blisters from forming, than those made from natural wool.
8. Avoiding pain if you wear high heels – if you have a job that requires you to wear high heels all day long, there are several things you can do to stop your feet from getting sore. Keep a pair of flats or slippers at work to wear while sitting at your desk. If you have high arches, wear shoes with buckles, straps, or laces, a soft platform and extra cushioning. If you have a job where you stand for hours on end, then prevent blisters from forming on your heels with gel heel protectors from here.
They’re excellent for preventing burning, blistered heels through standing all day!
A good rule of thumb is to only choose shoes that cause the least interference with the natural functioning of your feet and body. Shoes should have a wide toe section so that the toes can spread out, a flexible sole that lets the foot move freely and a heel of minimum height to protect the body’s natural alignment.
, we understand how important it is that you can go about your daily life without suffering with painful feet. We offer a wide range of inserts, shoe soles, orthotic arch supports, foot pain relief accessories, as well as orthotic sandals and footwear that are sure to eliminate your foot pain and instead, enjoy healthy feet for the rest of your life!