Shoe Mistakes That Can Cause Foot Pain
Your feet are doing the biggest job of supporting your body weight and suffering the effects of everything you do all day like standing, walking or running. There are the most complex body parts made up of 26 bones, 33 joints with more than 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons according to arthritis.org.
When they don’t get enough support they need, you may have to face the issues like blisters, bunions and hammertoes. If your feet don’t get the proper support, it can lead to pain beyond your feet, like in your back or knees or behind the knees, as they are interconnected.
Keeping all these matters in mind, we have listed some common shoe mistakes you might be guilty of. Take a look to remain safe from them:
Picking the wrong size:
If you can’t remember the last time you got your feet measured, then you are going to be a victim of any feet problem soon. Feet change shape and size with age, that’s why you should not wear the same size always. Ligaments become a little bit looser with age which makes your feet wider and stretches out. Even some special health conditions like pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes can lead to changes in foot shape or size. So you need to measure your feet and change shoe size if needed.
You don’t clear about your arches:
All feet are generally divided into two types: high-arched and low-arched. What is the most important thing about these two types? The demands for those two types are totally different. The curves between the balls and heels in low arches whereas there are taller gaps in high-arched feet. There is another type called flat feet, so low arches that their feet are flat on the ground. You should understand the curve of your feet and your shoe should support your arches. Keep this important issue in mind while buying a new shoe.
You’re walking a lot in shoes that aren’t up for a long time walking:
You may have to walk about 10000 steps a day during work. Your cute high-heeled shoe is not suitable for that. Your shoe should match with your activity. You need proper arch support as well as enough cushioning for shock absorption. One side high heels shift your body weight to the balls whereas flat shoes don’t offer arch support or shock absorption. So choose any of the both is not a wise decision. For walking, use a shoe with a low heel & lots of cushioning, and most importantly a shape that supports the arch of your foot.
Choosing shoes based on appearance:
Most of us choosing shoes based on appearance rather than comfort or support. Our strategy should be picking the right performance shoe. We should look for enough cushioning and arch support rather than the outlook of the shoes. Always go to a store specialized for running or workout shoe and discuss with a specialist before purchase. Go for its features, not for its outlook.
Walking barefoot at home:
People think that going barefoot is about ultimate comfort, but actually, it’s not. Constantly walking or standing barefoot on hard floors puts stress on structures of the feet, which causes pain over time. If your weight comes down to a fat pad without offering external support, it will help cushion your bodyweight. If you have foot pain and you think that it is due to being barefoot on floors, try getting a pair of house slippers to wear at home, or place a soft mat in places where you walk or stand a lot.
Shoes and clothes are pretty personal things. The right picks for you should be as your activity level and personal style. But if you’re facing any kind of foot pain or you feel uncomfortable—don’t ignore, see a podiatrist asap.