Taking care of your shoes, choosing them well, and using them well, allows you to preserve the health of your feet and the whole body. Discover the most common mistakes in heel, wear, variety and choice of shoes, and how to correct them.
Our feet are a part of our body that we tend to neglect and abuse. The way we choose and use our shoes is directly related to their health.
However, feet are at the base of our skeleton, they support us, and can cause many problems when they are not well cared for over the long term. It’s time to limit mistakes and put feet back in the spotlight.
Error #1: Wearing heels that are too high
Heels that are too high push the foot forward, exerting strong pressure on the toes. When wearing them, the legs must also compensate to help you walk. This increases your risk of developing painful conditions such as plantar fasciitis, bunions and calcaneal spurs.
Limit yourself to a few centimeters of heel to prevent pain and respect your morphology as much as possible: 3.5 to 4 cm for women and 1.5 to 2 cm for men. Stiletto heels are to be avoided on a daily basis. Prefer to wear them for an evening!
Error n°2: wearing the same pair non-stop
If you’ve ever fallen “in love” with a pair of shoes, you know the urge to wear them all the time. But that’s not a good idea. Wearing the same shoes every day indicates that you are constantly using the same parts of your foot for support and walking.
Try to find other pairs of comfortable shoes and vary them throughout the week.
Error #3: Wearing shoes that are too old
When shoes are old and worn, theycan tilt the foot and can cause pain up to the hips and back. Remember to change your sneakers about every six months.Leather is the ideal material. Soft and breathable, leather allows good heat exchange and, unlike synthetic, prevents the foot from macerating. Moreover, a leather shoe ensures a good support
Regularly check the soles of other types of shoes. They must be semi-rigid to provide good support for the foot. If the soles are too stiff, the foot, ankle and knee will absorb harder shocks. This can lead to back pain.
Error #4: Wearing shoes that are too flat
Ballerinas, flat sneakers and flip-flops don’t provide good support for your arch, which can be risky if you start to walk faster! If you tend to wear these types of shoes when you walk, you may develop bunions, claw toes, or sagging toes.
In addition, a shoe that is too flat forces you to pull on the Achilles tendon and the plantar fascia, with a risk of inflammation
Error 5: Wearing unsuitable shoes
Do you run with tennis shoes or play tennis with running shoes? When it comes to exercise and sports, sneakers are not a universal solution, Reader’s digest reminds us. Each shoe has its own specific technology. It can be designed, for example, for straight-line or lateral movements. Try to follow the footwear tips for each sport.
For the health of your feet, it’s best to alternate high heels, low heels, open or closed shoes!