This summer has brought out a range of shoe designs. Rainy days (and there are several them!) preclude Maine from sporting sandals (unless i would like soaked feet). And on the recent, humid days, wearing the wrong sandals can cause swollen feet to feel misplaced in even the most comfortable pair.
Suddenly it appears like foot issues square measure a pestilence. Lately, everyone I talk to l has a foot story to shareâ€”a bump here that precludes them from wearing their favorite flats, a pain there that makes getting out of bed in the morning an excruciating challenge.
If you’re anything like meâ€”and my bet is that you areâ€”then I’m sure you’re a cranky mess if your feet hurt. I can’t count the days i have been caught in too-tight shoes, shoes that rub my feet the wrong way and cause painful blisters to erupt, shoes that are too flat, too high, too tight, too looseâ€”too ill-fitting to warrant anything but throwing them in the trash.
And to create matters worse, it’s not only your mood that can suffer from the wrong shoes, it’s your feet. The wrong fit, or shoe, can cause painful, stubborn and hard-to-treat conditions like plantar fasciitis, ingrown toenails, corns and calluses.
Here square measure some common offender and ways in which to place your foot down and say NO to foot pain:
Gladiator and strappy sandals might look great, but beware of the havoc they may cause: irritation between your toes and calluses around your heels.
When buying sandals, look for natural materials (like soft, pliable leather). Make sure the sandals fit properly. Sounds obvious, I know, however it is easy to fall head over heels for a mode or be tempted by a half-off sale. Resist the urge to shop for the incorrect sizeâ€”they’ll ne’er be comfy. Buy them too small and your heel can hang over the edge and you may suffer abrasions. Buy them large and your feet will not get the right support they have.
Ankle-wrap sandals are cute, right? Well, yes, but proceed with caution. They don’t offer the best support. If you are walking on uneven surfaces, your ankle can easily twist. And the friction from the mortise joint strap will rub you the incorrect method. The result: painful blisters.
No need to give up on this style, though. Choose mortise joint wraps product of a soft material like animal skin, cotton or satin, and make sure not to buckle or tie the strap too tight.
Wedges or espadrilles also can cause your mortise joint to twist if they are too high. Go for a wider, praise wedge, and a rubber sole that has traction will keep you steady on your feet. The platform ought to be to a lower place in the front of the foot, with a lower incline in the heel so that your weight is better distributed.
Flip-flops have a place but can overstay their welcome. While they provide basic protection to the lowest of your foot if you are walking around a pool or heat surface throughout the summer (they also can facilitate forestall you from contracting athlete’s foot or plantar warts in public showers), beware of their lack of arch support. What can follow: heel pain from lack of cushioning, twisted or sprained ankles and even tendinitis and other potentially painful conditions like plantar fasciitis (see below).
Flats look trendy underneath the correct circumstancesâ€”but take care to create positive the shoe has adequate artifact or support. Without it, you can be prone to a type of heel pain known as plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis), an inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, connecting your heel bones to your toes.
Pointy-toed shoes build Maine surprise if they are worthwhile. Ingrown toenails, hammertoes, bunions, calluses and corns oh! my. I will in person attest to an awfully painful condition referred to as Morton’s neoplasm, often caused by those fashionable-looking pointy-toed shoes or footwear with a narrow toe box. Constricting shoes like this could pinch the nerve between the toes, resulting in discomfort and extreme pain, as if you’re stepping down onto a hard rock every time you take a step.
Stay one step ahead of foot pain with these tips:
- Have your feet measured? Foot sizes can, and do, change.
- Buy for the larger foot. All feet are not created equal.
- Bring along an insole while shopping. It may be just what you need to make the shoe fit comfortably.
- Don’t convince yourself the shoe will be comfy once it’s “broken in.” It should feel good the moment your foot hits the ground. You can bet that if it hurts in the store, it’ll hurt even more once you get home and start walking around.
- Buy sports-specific sneakers. Because of all the short lateral movement and weight shifts, sports like racquetball and tennis require a sneaker that supports both sides of your foot. You wouldn’t like the maximum amount of shock absorption as a running or basketball shoe. Running shoes ought to give the most shock absorption to shield you against inflammation and knee pain.