If you never thought much about the health of your feet, you should start now. Your feet are, literally, under the weight of your entire body every day. They need lots of love and care to stay healthy and strong. In order to keep feet healthy, it is extremely important to adorn them with the correct shoes.
Characteristics of the best shoes for healthy feet:
Your shoes should fit just right, not too loose and not too tight. Your feet should not be sliding around in your shoes, as this can cause pain and damage to your feet. You should be able to wiggle your toes, but your foot should not be moving at all. It should remain stabilized, not, for example, crashing into the tip of your shoe every time you take a step, which can impact your toes.
By the same token, they cannot be too tight. If you feel pressure on your foot and cannot freely wiggle your toes, you need a bigger shoe. Otherwise, you can develop blisters on your foot, as well as swelling and pain.
Your shoe needs to be able to support your feet and absorb some of the impact and pressure from daily activities. This is especially true if you are on your feet a lot. If your shoes do not have sufficient cushioning, you can damage your ankle joints and bones. The damage and pain can spread up all the way to your hips and back.
Women especially need to keep this in mind. High fashion seems to dictate high heels; high heels, however, are terrible for feet. Not only do they provide little to no support, they force feet into an unnatural angle. This can cause extreme discomfort, swelling, pain, blisters and calluses. It’s no mystery, then, that women in high heels often complain of their feet killing them. It’s not the feet, however, that are the culprit; it’s the shoes! Prolonged wearing of high heels can also damage your hip bones and cause lower back problems over time. They throw your whole body out of whack and can lead to bad posture.
The proper shoe should be both light and flexible. It should bend with your foot as it moves, not fight against it. If the shoe is too stiff, it can limit your range of motion. The stress from limited movement can sprain your ankles and damage the natural curve of the arch.
Remember that comfort is the key. You should be able to say “ahhh” when you step into a shoe, not “ouch.” There should be a feeling of relief.