Hi everyone! Today I’m going to share this guest post about shoes and foot health. I found this very interesting as I have had many problems with my feet in the past. I have wide size 7-8 feet and have lots of problems – especially when shopping for ballet flats and partying shoes!
The truth about your favourite going out shoes
These shoes featuring a more modest heel height will be more comfortable than stilettos!
When choosing shoes it is very tempting to put our feet in something that is attractive, sacrificing comfort and the health of our feet. 25% of our bones are in our feet so it is important to look after them, the consequences of wearing ill-fitting shoes can be disastrous for our feet and the rest of our bodies. Poor fitting shoes can lead to a variety of painful aliments including; blisters, hammer toes and bunions amongst others. If any of these fragile bones become misaligned your whole body could be affected causing knee, hip or back problems, this in turn will impact on your muscular structure and posture. Is there a way we avoid these painful health problems without foregoing style? Which type of shoes we are the main culprits for causing these problems?
· Ultra High-Heels. High heels may complete a show-stopping outfit, but that often comes at a price. Many problems can occur as a result of wearing high heels, such as in-growing toe-nails, blisters, bunions and ankle sprains. To avoid these painful ailments, choose a mid-height heel. All the sophistication of a heel whilst lowering the risk of these problems occurring.
· Stiletto. One of the most troublesome types of heel, your weight is distributed over an extremely small surface area due to the narrow heel which can cause a lot of tension in your foot. You are more likely to fall over in these types of shoes, causing anything from ankle sprains to a broken foot! To maximise your stability, choose a chunkier heel which has a bigger surface area and more even distribution.
· Platform Shoe. Platform shoes can often seem more comfortable than the traditional high heel, due to the platform providing a bit more support. However, your feet are still in an unnatural position, as your heels are higher than the balls of your feet – which puts pressure on your toes, causing discomfort.
· Ballet Shoes. Super flat shoes such as ballet shoes are often misleading as people think they are taking care of their feet by wearing. But as they are usually completely flat, this can be as bad as wearing a high heel. Feet have a natural arch, and when wearing a completely flat shoe your feet are not effectively supported. Go for flat shoes that have a slight heel, which will then help your feet find a more natural position when you walk around.
· Wrong Size Shoes. It may surprise you to learn that many of us wear shoes that are too small, causing corns, blisters and bunions. More seriously the constant pressure being applied to the foot can irritate joints and cause arthritis. Sadly many children are also wearing the wrong size shoes, this puts them at risk of foot deformities as their feet grow and potentially condemning them to a life time of problems. The obvious solution here is to ensure you buy and wear shoes that fit properly! Try to make sure that you have had your feet correctly measured, in children you should make sure that their feet are measured each time they are buying new shoes. A tip would be to get your feet measured at the end of the day, due to gravity and your body weight when walking around for a whole day your feet can expand, changing your shoe size.
Many of us face a dilemma when choosing shoes weighing up style and comfort, ultimately many of us choose style and are unwilling to trade this for comfort. You may not have to choose between the two, sensible shoes offer a compromise, considering both style and your health. Look out for reinforced heels, soft material and wiggle room for your toes!
A mid height heel may be the best option for looking after your precious feet!
I know in the past I have struggled along wearing uncomfortable shoes for the sake of looking good but luckily there are a lot more comfortable yet stylish styles now available. How do you feel about comfort versus fashion when it comes to shoes?
*this post was sponsored by Charles Clinkard