Unfortunately the majority of shoes are designed and assembled with aesthetics rather than comfort and support in mind. This means that there is a good chance that you may be wearing shoes which look good, but may actually be doing your feet, legs and even your back some harm.
So what should you look for in good quality healthy shoes?
Unfortunately price is always a guideline and if a shoe is very cheap then it is unlikely that it will be any good.
Look at the sole of a shoe. It should have a tread that will give you good grip and it should have some flexibility. High heels are out because they stop your foot from being able to work properly, but having a low heel is acceptable.
An important part of any shoe is the section that supports the back of the heal. This section, called the counter, should be firm and not flexible, but it should also be padded and comfortable. This is a potential area for the hard edge of the shoe to scuff against the skin and this is not healthy.
At the opposite end of the shoe the toe box and toe cap are equally critical areas. Here there needs to be sufficient room for the toes to move and flex, so toe boxes that constrict the toes are bad and can lead to foot problems.
The sides of a shoe and the areas behind the toes (called the vamp) should both … Read More
If you have bunions then you join the growing number of people at all ages that have and this includes some of the most recognisable names in the world such as Paris Hilton and Victoria Beckham, who have suffered with the condition in the past.
Unfortunately, for some, the causes of bunions can be down to genetics and the way the bones in your feet are structured. But, for most of us we can avoid these types of foot problems by choosing the right footwear.
Wearing badly fitting shoes, high heels or those with a pointed toe box for prolonged periods can really damage your feet. Not to mention the damage it can do to other areas of the body. These types of shoes will stretch the feet and force them out of shape leading to foot problems like bunions to occur.
If you already have a bunion then you will know how uncomfortable they can be as well as making your feet look unattractive. It doesn’t mean they are here to stay and can be treated without resorting to painful and expensive bunion surgery like Victoria Beckham is said to have done.
Obviously, high heels and other fashionable shoes, which tend to also be bad, are very popular so it is unlikely that you will stop wearing them but you do need to give your feet space to rehabilitate. However, they are also one of the main causes of bunions.
Go for healthy shoes with a wide … Read More