We rely heavily on our feet every day; they are the foundation upon which we stand. Healthy feet require a considerable amount of attention and care. It is important to invest in the proper shoes to ensure your feet are supported throughout your day.
Your shoes play an important role in your overall foot function and health. Supportive shoes with good arches and structure can prevent many foot and ankle health issues. On the other hand, poor choices in footwear can increase your likelihood of developing blisters, callouses, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain and other often painful and debilitating foot disorders. When your feet hurt, that pain can spread to other areas of your body such as your knees, hips and back.
There are many superior brands of shoes that offer excellent support, but no one brand is perfect for everyone. You have to find the right fit for your feet. Shoes that offer little to no support can often cause or exacerbate existing foot health issues. Steer clear of high heeled shoes, shoes with narrow toe boxes, shoes that offer minimal support such as sandals and flip flops, shoes with flimsy or flexible soles, flats and shoes or boots with hard flat soles.
Shoe fit is important as well. Any shoe that is too big or too small can place added pressure on the joints of the feet which over time can lead to arthritis and joint pain. Poor fitting shoes can also rub on the skin causing blisters, callouses and corns.
“I don’t usually recommend any particular brand of shoes, since all brands fit people’s feet differently,” says Dr. Mark Green. “As long as you’re wearing a name brand, and you pick a style that is middle of the road or better regarding price point, wear whatever brand or style fits comfortably and provides good support. If you wear custom orthotics, make sure you take them with you when you buy your shoes so that they fit well with the inserts.”
Have you ever noticed how a pair of ill-fitting shoes can zap your energy? There is no better feeling than a pair of well-fitting shoes that support your feet as they carry you through the day. Good footwear choices keep your feet healthy and keep you going.
If you are suffering from foot pain or have foot or ankle health issues, call our office at 816-943-1111 to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.
“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe