Foot Pain Prevention - Your Shoes
By Jeff Foster
Aches and pains in any part of
your body certainly arent any fun, but when its your
feet that hurt, your entire body seems to hurt.
Common foot pain can result from
a myriad of different causes.
The pain itself can range from mildly annoying all the way to
debilitating. The pain can be fleeting or chronic. But no matter
the reason, relief is the goal.
The vast majority of foot pain
these days is caused by
footwear; either improperly fitted, poorly designed or just
plain worn out. The good news is that this means that the vast
majority of foot pain is also easily eradicated.
With footwear, the biggest offender
of feet is the shoes with
pointed toes or high heels
or quite often
shoes put your feet in a physically compromised position by
cramping your toes and pushing the forward into this cramped
area. If high heels and pointy toes are a fashion must for you
at the very least you should consider only wearing this type
shoe for special occasions and not for extended lengths of time.
Be mindful that your old
favorite pair of shoes may also be
doing more damage than good and have you going down a path to
sore footsville. Sure, in their younger days the
offered your foot was second to none; but today they are long
the tooth and the support for your foot is no longer there.
The shoes you wear should support
and pad both your heel and your arch and have enough room for
all your toes with putting a squeeze on them. If your shoes dont
offer this, you may not notice any pain right away, but the effects
may be just ahead.
If you have a ways to walk before
you have to put on your stiffer dress shoes, consider using a
comfortable pair of athletic shoes for the walk before you have
to put on those stiffer more stylish shoes. This becomes even
more important if you are already feeling the early stages of
Try to wear shoes that have a
good level of breath ability and offer good flexibility by avoiding
shoes made of vinyl or plastic. And when it comes to trying on
and purchasing shoes keep a couple points in mind. First, do
your shoe shopping later in the afternoon after you have been
up and around and on your feet for awhile. Your feet are actually
smaller in the morning before they have had a chance to puff
up a bit due to your daily activities. Secondly, measure both
of your feet. It is not at all uncommon to have two different
sizes of feet.
By following just a few simple
guidelines you can prevent, and/or relieve many of the most common
causes of foot pain.
Dont be a slave to fashion
at the expense of your feet.