Choosing the Right Shoe
Finding the right shoe for your foot can be very difficult, and finding the right she to exercise in can be a nightmare at the least. It sounds really easy, but then again, many things are easier said than done. It’s really important to find a shoe that is comfortable, fits snugly, and supports your feet, especially so when exercising. Here are some tips for you to follow when it comes to picking the right shoe walk in and to exercise in as well.
Your Shoe and the Shape of your Foot
You need to find a shoe that fits your feet comfortably, and a lot of this has to do with the shape of your foot. For example, if you have wider feet, then something like toe pumps or pointed toe shoes are not going to be comfortable in the slightest. When picking a shoe, the front or the ball of your foot needs to be able to fit well in the front of the shoe without being squished. If there is any pressure on the sides of your feet, then chances are that it is going to cause you pain in the end.
The Shoe needs to be Snug
The shoe that you pick needs to fit comfortably and snugly, meaning that there should be no space where your foot can move around. Except for the toe of the shoe, your feet should be touching the shoes all around. Within the shoe, your heel should not have enough space to move up and down when you walk, and on that same not, there should not be more than one finger’s width of space between your toes and the front of the shoe.
Shoes don’t Stretch
All shoe brands are going to differ in their sizing, so the number given can be quite unreliable; you may be a size 10 in one brand, but a size 11 in another. Also, people often have one foot that is slightly bigger than the other, which means you need to fit your shoes to the larger foot. Before you buy a pair of shoes, always try them on first to see how they fit. The most important thing to remember is to not buy shoes that are too small, expecting them to stretch out, because the reality is that unless the shoe is made of leather, it’s not going to stretch.
Stiff Toes Call for Stiff Soled Shoes
If you experience any kind of tightness or stiffness in your big toe joint, or in any other toe joints, then that is an early sign of arthritis and possibly other joint problems. Over time, this stiffness will become worse, therefore a stiff soled shoe is needed to keep this under control. Stiff soled shoes are curved slightly upwards at the toe which will help reduce the stiffness, the pain, and keep the toes in proper position. Another thing that you can do to combat the stiffness is to insert orthotic soles into the shoes.
Consider Heel Pain
Planter fascia is the name of the tendons in the heel of the foot, and when this tendon is stretched too far, it can result in micro-tears, and that causes swelling and pain. The name for this condition is plantar fasciitis, and it can be very painful indeed. The best way to get rid of this heel pain and to correct plantar fasciitis is to realign the foot and stop the over-stretching by wearing shoes with proper heel and arch support. Having shoes with proper arch support, and even orthotic soles, will reduce and sometimes even get rid of plantar fasciitis all together.
Over-Pronation and Arch Support
A condition that many people suffer from is called over-pronation, which is when the ankle rolls down too far down and inward with every step that you take. This then causes the arch of the foot to begin collapsing, and the muscles that support your feet begin to lengthen and stretch too far, not only that, but it can also cause your pelvis to tilt forward more, and that can cause back pain. Besides the back pain, over-pronation will also cause heel pain, arch pain, foot pain, shin pain, and even leg pain as well. The way to solve this issue is to have a shoe with proper arch support, as well as built in orthotic support. Ultimately, the proper shoes will stop over-stretching and will encourage the proper motion of the muscles.