Getting the right pair of shoes can keep your feet healthy. Yes, the feet are not just a pair of muscles and bones. They require care and the right equipment so their function and overall condition will not be affected in the long run.
What do you get for wearing the right pair of shoes?
In ancient times, the use of footwear has been entirely pragmatic. Shoes are used to protect the feet from sharp rocks and extreme temperatures. Nowadays, the reason for footwear remains the same but most decisions are dictated by fashion instead.
From clogs to cleats, there is a myriad of variants to choose from, each with a specific use. However, with the cost of goods, particularly those of quality, people have been using one pair for any other kind of activity.
The question remains, why do you have to get “the right pair”? The right pair of shoes:
- Aids foot alignment – there should be some arch support in the shoe. The right pair of shoes should support the alignment of your feet when they touch the ground.
- Cushions the foot – in the shoe, the midsole provides cushioning for the foot. Despite what most believe and say, shoes do not soften the effect of the force that goes through the body that much. However, shoes do increase the time taken for that force to apply, allowing the body to adapt.
- Provides comfort – your shoes should immediately feel comfortable from first wearing them. Not just in terms of materials used, but also in fit, breathability, and texture.
Why do you have to get the right pair of shoes?
Choosing the wrong shoe may place stress on your feet, especially if used for strenuous activities or sports. Getting the right footwear can lessen the chances of getting injuries such as Achilles tendon pains, shin splints, bunions, corns, or lower back pain.
Apart from those mentioned, the shoes you wear affect your gait or the way you walk. The movement of your feet during each step affects how your body follows. When stepping correctly, the heel makes contact with the ground first. After, the arch rolls inward, allowing the ball of the foot and then the big toe to make contact. The heel then takes off the ground allowing you to push off from the ball of your foot and big toe.
Some arches roll inward a little, some too much. Either affects how well your feet will absorb shock. This contributes to stress on other joints.
How do you choose the right pair of shoes?
When buying yourself a new pair, get your athletic shoes from a specialty store. Ask the staff so they can properly advise you on which pair to get depending on your specifications.
- Get a good fit – the right pair fits well, with at least 1-1.5cm allowance at the tip of the shoe, enough for your toes to wiggle. This will allow your feet to walk or run. It should also have enough width to accommodate your feet, feeling snug but not tight. In addition, most people have one foot that is larger than the other. It is best to fit shoes to the larger foot.
- Get measured at the end of the day – this is when our feet are the largest. It is best to shop at this time, as getting shoes that feel comfortable while your feet are in this state will ensure you have shoes that will not only feel good during the day.
- Wear your usual socks – make sure to use the usual type of socks you wear depending on the purpose of your new shoes to ensure comfort level and compatibility.
- Do not rely on the shoe size alone – the inside of the shoe may be different depending on the style and brand.
- Snug the heel – make sure the shoes are snug at the heel. The shoes should not slip off when you move.
- Think of width and length – The ball of your foot (the widest part just before the toes begin) should fit comfortably in the widest part of the shoe.
- Feel the inside – check the materials and the texture of the shoe to make sure nothing irritates the feet.
- Check the soles – make sure the soles are sturdy enough to protect against harmful objects. To check, walk on carpet and hard surfaces.
- Walk or run a few steps wearing the shoes, to check if they are comfortable.
Shoe Support For Feet Problems
Often made of plastic, foam, or rubber, heel cups alleviate pain beneath the heel. They provide support around the heel while relieving pressure beneath the softer spots.
Worn inside the shoe, arch supports treat pain in the foot and other problems relating to the function of the foot and lower leg. Custom arch support provides cushioning and support as they redistribute the pressure on the feet with everyday activities. It can help relieve heel pain, help compensate for a toe joint deformity and even lift an arch.
Affixed to the insole behind the soft area, the metatarsal pad is often used to relieve pressure or pain below the ball of the toes. The pad distributes pressure that would otherwise be placed on the foot of the ball.
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