Foot pain is often a response to the shoes you are wearing. Many people don’t realize that the shoes we wear are often the problem behind a myriad of problems that your feet can develop; everything from corns and calluses to bunions and hammertoes. The foot has 26 bones and many muscles, tendons and ligaments that are all subject to damage when wearing uncomfortable shoes.
Many people who experience foot problems and conditions are often active people who engage in activities that put stress on their feet, and if not wearing properly supportive shoes, leave themselves open to injuries and even permanent damage. However, even those who are less active can still suffer permanent damage from shoes that are too tight, especially in the front part of the foot.
Toes and the ball of your foot help you to keep your balance, so it only makes sense that if this part of your foot is squeezed into a narrow toe box and propped up on a heel, your ability to balance is compromised. Shoes are supposed to help with mobility. Although our feet typically work at their optimum when barefoot, shoes are a necessary evil, and uncomfortable shoes are just evil.
Inevitably, painful shoes will create a need for the body to compensate because of the discomfort. This can affect the way you walk in addition to developing conditions like calluses, corns or a dreaded bunion. Consistent adjustments due to uncomfortable shoes put unnecessary pressure in other parts of your body like the ankles, hips and knees. If the alignment of these joints is thrown off, you most likely will also end up with back pain. Considering that 65 million Americans see the doctor each year for back pain, there is a chance that a some of them should probably start at the podiatrist.
What some people don’t know is that everything starts with our feet and moves upward ending at the neck. Problems and pain in your feet can have a negative effect on the rest of your body because nothing is isolated. Therefore, uncomfortable shoes aren’t just bad for your feet, they are bad for your whole body.
When buying shoes, the first thing to consider is the fit. A proper fit is the most important thing and that includes width and length. There should always be some wiggle room for your toes and if you have one foot bigger than the other, which many people do, always fit the larger foot. Put comfort before fashion because as you age and start to develop painful conditions, you will wish you had chosen comfort over style.
If you already suffer from foot pain, hopefully you are already know the importance of comfortable shoes and allowing your feet to heel. No painful foot condition is going to heal properly if the footwear isn’t adjusted. So do yourself a favor, wear comfortable shoes on a daily basis and save the painful ones for special occasions.