3 Shoe Mistakes that may cause Foot Pain
Those pairs of office shoes, exercise shoes, and weekend-errand-running shoes that help you move around in the world- are they causing you pain?
Your feet have the big job of supporting your body weight and sustaining the impact of standing, walking, running, and everything else you do throughout the day.
When your feet don’t get the support they need, it can lead to issues like blisters, bunions or hammertoes, and knee and lower back pain from improper support.
With this in mind, here are three shoe mistakes you might be guilty of:
1. You can’t remember the last time you got your feet measured.
Feet change over time. With age some ligaments and tendons become a little bit looser. Gravity and body weight reshape the feet so they can become wider and stretch out. Bunions or hammertoes, rheumatoid arthritis can cause joints to swell. Diabetes may also lead to changes in foot size or shape due to nerve damage, which can result in Planters Fasciitis. You’ll probably notice if your trusty 8.5 no longer fits anymore, but even if you’re just feeling some discomfort lately, it’s worth getting your feet measured in-person.
2.You choose your workout or running shoes to match an outfit.
Don’t just buy sneakers based on colour and style. Picking the right performance shoe should be a strategic process. When you need new sneakers go to a speciality workout shoe store to speak with a specialist and factor in the type of walking, exercise, or running you’ll be doing.
3. You don’t really use insoles or orthotics or understand their purpose.
Depending on your foot type and any specific pain you have, the insoles that come with your shoes may not actually be the right, supportive choice for you. It is a good idea to see a Chiropodist to determine the root of the pain and if custom orthotics will help your foot pain.
Shoes are very personal. The right choice will depend on your activity levels, height, weight, walking and running gait, personal style, and a lot more.
If you’re experiencing any kind of foot pain that persists for days, makes it impossible—or just uncomfortable—to live your life as normal, or otherwise seems a little too weird to ignore, it’s time to see a chiropodist for evaluation. Parkway Back and Foot Clinic offers a variety of services to help with pain and getting your feet in the right shoes.