Treat your feet

I feel bad for feet. We crunch ‘em up and shove ‘em into uncomfortable shoes and still expect them to carry us around all day, blaming them for the blisters we inflict! Not to mention, they take the bad rap for being the smelliest part of the body (hello, armpits anyone?)!

It’s time for feet to have their moment in the sun. They are, after all, the foundation of your body and support you when you stand, walk, or run. And they help protect your spine, bones, and soft tissues from damaging stress as you move around. Your feet perform better when all their muscles, arches, and bones are in their ideal stable positions.

The foot is constructed with three arches which, when properly maintained, give exceptional supportive strength. These three arches form a supporting vault that distributes the weight of the entire body.

Medial-Longitudinal-Arch

If there is compromise of one arch in the foot, the other arches must compensate and are subject to additional stresses, which usually leads to further compromise.

I always see women in the city walking around in flip flops, high heels and even flats that put your foot at risk. Heels that are higher than three inches put too much of your body weight on the front of the foot, which can cause calluses, bunions, corns and hammertoes and strain your arches. Flats don’t support your arch or Achilles tendon and when worn too much, can cause your foot to become pronated, or flattened. And flip flops are so bad, I’m going to devote a whole article to them, so stay tuned!

As for the men, your work shoes are more equipped to get your through your day, but still may not have the proper support if you are on your feet for longer stretches.

Ways to Treat Your Feet

  • I often see women in business suits walking around in running shoes! While the running shoe isn’t as stylish, it’s a much better way to treat your feet. Just keep stylish, work-appropriate shoes under your desk and switch into them when you arrive at the office. If you just can’t bring yourself to wear running shoes, invest in a low shoe with arch support that you can wear while pounding the pavement.
  • When you feel like your shoes are getting worn out, replace them! Trying to stretch out the life of your shoe only means logging more hours on an unsupportive shoe.
  • Adding an insert can give even stylish shoes added support and comfort.
  • Patients with spinal problems may benefit from orthodics, or custom-made inserts or shoes that stabilize the pelvis and spine by fixing structural issues with the feet. Your doctor can advise if these will benefit you.
  • When shopping, look for shoes that have room around the toes to prevent blisters, cushioning in the arch, the ball and the heel, and a sole that is thickest at the back to provide slight elevation.
  • Finally, don’t just ask, “Does the shoe fit?” Ask, “Is it comfortable?” Even a fancy shoe should feel comfortable enough to dance at a party or walk from meeting to meeting without cutting up your feet!

Posted on November 5, 2015

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