Finding the Right Shoes for Foot Pain
An often overlooked part of the body, the feet are actually very important. They are the foundation of your body, how you get around and they set the tone for the alignment of your whole skeleton. Foot pain can lead to a compromised gait. And that can create problems for your knees, hips, and neck down the line. Too many people suffer in silence with foot pain, letting it lead to these more serious complications. If you find yourself with discomfort in your feet for more than a week, go ahead and consult a pain specialist. This will put you on the road to getting the help you need. As additional support, let’s take a look at some of the most important factors to consider when choosing shoes if you experience foot pain.
This may seem like an obvious factor, but too many people find out too late that they have gone home with the wrong size. As much as we are all used to online shopping and rushing through our purchases, actually going to a store for shoes can be really helpful. Especially in a store with a focus on comfortable shoes, an experienced salesperson can guide you to great options. And they can show you how to get the optimal size. A recent study by Harvard University found that there’s more to proper fitting than relying on the number size. There should be about a half-inch between your big toe and the end of the shoe. Make sure you wear a pair of socks that are of the same thickness you would normally have on. And don’t be afraid to take your time, take a walk around the store. Look out for tight spots, inner fastenings that rub or bind, or any pressure on the back of your heel.
Especially in the summer, a pair of loafers or flats in a light material may seem very tempting. And those styles are still options if you have planned certain activities, like a short outing or a seated event. For anything requiring time on your feet or walking, make sure you have a shoe with a good solid sole to support your arch. A lot of foot pain is from a lack of arch support, and there is no universal solution to this problem. This is because people have different arches and, therefore, different shoe needs. Once you determine your arch, you will have a better idea of what kind of support you need.
Once you have your size and arch support figured out, think about the material of the shoe. The right choice for this will also differ from one person to the next. People with sweat and fungus problems will want to seek out a breathable material. The main focus for most, though, will be having a resilient sole. You are going to want a sturdy material suited for the activity you will do in the shoe. Some jobs may demand a rubber-soled shoe to protect the wearer. Someone looking for shoes to jog with, on the other hand, would be better served with polyurethane options.