Very small percentage of people are born with foot problems. Yet by the time we are adults, most of us will develop some kind of foot ailment. Most foot problems are caused by uncomfortable shoes. (1) So buying comfortable shoes is crucial for your foot health and your entire body too.
Why is buying comfortable shoes so important?
Your feet are your foundation. Uncomfortable shoes cause your feet to be out of balance, which in turn can lead to back, hip, and knee problems.
About 70% of women after the age of 60 develop osteoarthritis of the feet. And they are affected by foot problems four times more often than men.
In many cases, foot pain can lead to a myriad of health problems, including premature aging, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis.
Why are women so affected? It’s because most of them wear shoes that are too small. Another factor is that women averagely walk three miles more per day than men. High heels just make the problem bigger.
Avoid These Four Things If You Are Buying New Shoes
Buying comfortable shoes seems like a straightforward thing. Just try them on, and buy them if they feel comfortable. However, it may be a lot complicated than that.
Avoid these four common mistakes people make when buying comfortable shoes:
- Don’t buy shoes in the morning.
Your feet expand throughout the day. So the best time for shoe shopping is at the end of the day when your feet are at their largest.
- Don’t believe your shoe size will stay the same through adulthood.
As we tend to age, our feet get larger. But we continue buying the same size for years. And as result of this mistake are foot problems caused by tight shoes. This usually strikes in middle age. So, always measure your feet when you buy shoes.
- Don’t measure only one foot.
Around 60 percent of people have one foot that is bigger than the other. Typically, this is the left foot. So, maybe you’ll need shoes in two different sizes when the difference is a full size. Many stores now have “split size” policies especially adopted for people who need shoes with different size.
- Don’t select shoes by the size marked on the box.
Sizes can vary due to different manufacturers and brands. So you must try the shoes on before buying them.
Here are other tips for buying comfortable shoes:
- Try on the shoes, wearing socks with the same thickness that you plan to wear with the shoe.
- Be sure that the ball of your foot feels comfortable in the widest area of the toe box and the shoe is flexible at the toe box.
- The upper part of the shoe should be made from flexible and soft materials so it can follow the shape of your foot as you walk.
- The shoe should not move up and down your heel as you walk.
- Make sure there is sufficient arch support in order to avoid plantar fasciitis.
Limit Your Time Wearing These Four Kinds of Shoes
- Ballet Flats.
They are easy and simple and for that reason women love them. But they don’t provide arch support and can cause medical problems as flip-flops. Ballet flats are actually worse than flip-flops since the sole tends to be thinner.
They are so simple and many people love them. However, they offer little protection from splinters and cuts. Also, most of them provide no arch support and can lead to plantar fasciitis, and back, hip, and knee pain. Especially people with diabetes should never wear sandals or flip-flops. This is because simple scrapes and cuts can lead to serious complications.
They have slanted, rigid foot beds. The shoe doesn’t allow the foot to bend normally and leads to an unnatural gait. A less slanted wedge shoe or flatter platform is better.
- High Heels
High heels are bad for your feet and this is something that every woman knows. But if you still want to wear them look for wider heel and don’t go higher than two inches.