Shoes provide your feet with comfort and protection. They can also enhance your appearance if you are the fashion-conscious type. However, shoes and other footwear can cause you a lot of feet problems and discomfort later on if you continue with bad habits that you may not be aware of.
You use shoes without proper arch support
Whether you are flatfooted or have high-arched feet, it won’t do you any harm to wear shoes with adequate arch support. In fact, it can do you a world of good as it can help to align your feet correctly as well as provide more comfort. If you experience persistent feet discomfort, you should consider seeing a podiatrist regarding the use of shoe inserts and custom orthotics. These devices can get the pressure off the heel by bracing the arches and lessen feet problems while walking.
Using the same old and worn-out pair of shoes
Why replace a still usable pair just when they’re getting to be comfortable, you may ask. Look at the heel area underneath your shoes. You will notice that one side is more worn and thinned-out than the other. This is a normal occurrence, as every individual has their own unique manner of walking. Some tend to lean more heavily on one side of their body. The weight is then transferred to and absorbed by the shoe’s heel. The downside is your feet and ankles will get injured eventually due to the unequal wear on the shoe heels. You won’t be able to walk or stand still in the normal manner.
You try on a new pair of shoes in the morning
The best time to try on new shoes at the store is later in the day and not earlier. This is because your feet tend to bulge slightly in later part of the day when the blood settles in the lower extremities of your body. For this reason, you should try on new shoes at around noon or even later when your feet have already expanded slightly. This will give enough allowance for the swelling of your feet in the middle of the day. By doing this, you won’t end up with a pair that’s too tight, prevent feet problems, and allow breathing room for your feet.
Feet problems develop when toes get squeezed tightly in narrow, pointy-toed shoes
You could be killing your toes by jamming and squeezing them in pointy-toed shoes. To make matters worst, they could be narrow pointy-toed high-heeled shoes. Do this often and you’ll end up with foot disorders that include plantar fasciitis, hammer toes, bunions, and nerve injury. Check out the appearance of the pair you’re buying. If the shoes end up to a narrow point that can crush your toes, then you might as well shop for a more comfortable (and foot-friendly) pair and spare yourself from future feet problems.
You tend to rush when trying on new shoes
While you should consider the right time of day to try on new shoes, you must also know that there is a right position and length of time to do it. When you try on a new pair, it’s best to do it while you’re standing. This way, your feet will be able to slide down and in, giving them the opportunity to feel if the fit is just right. Check how your toes are sitting inside your shoes. Make sure that there is sufficient space for all your toes to be comfortably positioned. See to it that the shoe has long enough forward space so your longest toe (generally the second toe) won’t be cramped. Now, walk around with the new pair for about five to ten minutes to be sure that you’re comfortable in them.
You fail to replace your worn-down running shoes regularly
If you run five miles for five days a week, you may need to replace your running shoes practically every month. That is, if you believe the traditional hundred-mile rule that states that you should replace your pair of running shoes after you’ve run 100 miles. While this monthly shoe replacement rule may sound expensive, it is worth keeping even if you should replace your shoes after more than a month. Due to the constant impact from running, the sole and cushioned padding of your shoes can get thin and worn-out. This can decrease the protection your feet get from your shoes as they hit the ground. You’ll need to replace your overused pair of running shoes if pain begins to develop in your feet, ankles, knees, and hips.
You shop online for your shoes
Shoes that are too small or too narrow can hurt your toes. Likewise, shoes that are too wide or too big can adversely affect the way you walk. The well-known phrase that “size matters” aptly applies to shoes. Some podiatrists disapprove of the habit of people buying shoes online. This denies the buyers of the opportunity to try on the shoes that they are paying for. Online buyers don’t have the chance to fit on the shoes to ensure they have the right size that will be comfortable to wear and walk in. Shoes that have the wrong fit can often cause blisters, feet problems and other injuries.