Do you have sore feet? Do you know what’s causing them to cause pain? It’s most likely your shoes. over 50% of Canadians confess that they were shoes that hurt their feet. Here are the shoes that seem to cause the most pain:
Wait a minute, isn’t that all the types of shoes out there? What are you supposed to wear then? Shoes don’t have to hurt your feet. There are some ways to prevent your shoes from causing your feet pain:
1.) Make sure your shoes give your toes enough room
Pointy shoes don’t pass this test. The pointy shape squeezes your toes together and do not give them any room for movement. This can lead to ingrown toenails, blisters, bunions and callouses. All of which are not fun. Skip the pointy shoes and go with styles with a generous toe box area such as rounded or square toed styles. If you wear shoes with laces don’t pull them too tight.
2.)Pass on stiff materials
The stiffer the material the more restrictive the shoes will be. Many times shoes are made of synthetic materials to lower the cost and increase the durability. However, synthetic materials are stuff and offer little movement. Try to stick with flexible materials such as leather.
3.)Save the heels for special occasions.
As the heel height increases so does the torque on the joints. Lowering the heel height would reduce force on the rear of the foot. However, don’t go too flat and avoid flip flops. It’s best to have about an inch of heel height.
4.)Get the proper support
The insoles that come with your shoes do not provide any arch support. They are merely there to provide a softer cushion instead of a hard interior. Getting a custom orthotic will provide the support necessary to anatomically support your bodies from the ground up.
If you need a custom orthotic made or advice on which shoes are best for you please contact us for an appointment.