How to Choose Safe and Healthy Shoes

Shoes can certainly complete your get-up. You may be wearing the swankiest dress or the most handsome suit, but if you’re wearing shoes that spell ugly, your whole outfit will be a disaster.

But did you know that choosing the right shoes goes beyond fashion? Wearing the right footwear actually has an effect on one’s health and safety. In order to ensure that your footwear won’t be harmful, here are some tips to bring with you the next time you go shoe-shopping.

Cut Out the Heels
High heels especially stilettos and ultra-high heels are detrimental to a woman’s health. Podiatrists jokingly refer to these shoes as “shoe-icide”. It’s not a surprise since these shoes can cause all sorts of health problems from chronic pain to ankle sprains, and more. This type of footwear also causes a bone deformation that is often called “pump bump”. The pressure on the feet can also cause swelling, bursitis, blisters, and Achilles tendon. It’s always best that you stay away from heels especially for shoes that you’re going to wear everyday.

Now if this is not possible and high heels have become a part of your everyday life, the next best thing to do would be to switch to lower heels. This would help avoid problems with the metatarsal bones. Medical experts recommend heels that are not higher than two inches. It’s also a great idea to go for chunky heels, which have more surface area. These shoes allow for the weight to be distributed more evenly. It also minimizes the risk of tripping since chunkier heels provide more stability than ultra-thin stilettos.

Wear Orthotic Inserts with Ballet Flats
Being the complete opposite of high heels, ballet flats are often mistaken as the healthy footwear choice. Yes, it doesn’t harm your feet the way high heels do but it doesn’t mean it’s evil-free. These dainty shoes do not provide arch support and can lead to problems with the knee, hip and back. Furthermore, it increases the risk of plantar fasciitis, a painful foot condition.

The good news is that you don’t have to stay away from this footwear. Wearing orthotic inserts can be the solution. These inserts prevent mild foot pain and provide extra cushioning for the heels. They can also alleviate pain that comes with a wide range of foot pains. Although these inserts are quite pricey, the investment would be worth it, as it would save you from further expenses on medical treatment.

Ensure the Right Fit
Sometimes, it’s not the shoes that harm your health but the wrong fit. This is why, it’s a must that you ensure the perfect fit during your shoe shopping. The best way to do this is to shop in late in the afternoon when your feet are at their biggest. If you shop in the morning and find the perfect fit, you’ll find that it gets tighter later during the day. The tightness can cause not only discomfort but also blisters and foot pain. Avoid these problems by buying the perfect fitting shoes.

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