Throughout this series, you have learned a vast array of information pertaining to the potential adverse effects of different types of footwear on the body. We have covered various innovations in the shoe industry, information about the functionality of the feet, the biomechanics of the feet, complications associated with misalignments stemming from ill-fitting shoes, and we started with some basic measures on how to select the best shoes for your individual needs.
We started with some simple strategies on how to get to know your feet so that you have some basic ideas about where to start when shopping for your shoes. In this concluding installment of this series, we will continue to provide you with tips that will help you select the best shoes for you!
Avoid Pushing Your Shoes to Multi-task
When selecting shoes, you should choose based on the types of activities you expect to perform with those shoes. You should never push your shoes to multi-task. For example, if you are shopping for shoes that you will walk in, you will want to ensure that they are designed for walking.
For example, walking shoes are quite stiff for added support, but, shoes that are designed for running are flexible. In addition to this, running shoes have extra bottom cushioning because of the fact that running results in a greater level of impact to the bottom of the feet. If you are performing exercises apart from walking, you will want to opt for the running shoes. If you will be working in your shoes, you should opt for comfort and alleviation of pressure models on the market.
Basically, you should have a pair of shoes for each of the activities you plan on performing while owning the shoes.
Measure Your Feet
Most adults are under the impression that, once they reach adulthood, their foot size will remain the same; however, this is a common misconception. The size of our feet chance as we get older. As a result of this fact, it is important to ensure that you measure your feet at least once every six months.
While we are on the topic of size, you should know that sizes often run differently by brand. For example, one brand may state size 8 and another brand may state size 8; however, upon trying on each brand, you will find that they fit very differently. Opt for that which actually fits – not by what size is associated with the shoes.
When purchasing shoes, you should allow for about 3/8 or 1/ 2 inch space between the largest toe and the end of the shoe. This equals out to be about the same size as the width of your thumb. The heel should not slip – whatsoever – when you walk in the shoes. The top part of the shoes should be snug, but, not too tight.
You should make certain that when you put the shoes on and secure them on the feet that there is no slippage, but, that you are able to wiggle your toes freely.
The shoes that you select will have an impact on your health. If you do your research and follow the suggestions that are contained within this series, the impact will be positive. If you elect to purchase shoes based on built-in innovations, style, appearance, or brand, your shoes will likely have a detrimental impact on your health.
If your feet are causing you issues, you will require the assistance of a physical therapist to help you …. “get back on your feet”.