So, you believe you are buying healthy footwear, however - your feet still hurt? But, are you REALLY buying healthy footwear and importantly – are you wearing the correct size andshape for your feet.
Our feet were designed to walk on soft, cushioned surfaces in nature – unlike in our modern world of concrete!
As we get older, or if we have a chronic health condition, our footprint in the sand will change. Just like every other part of our body, our feet age too and begin to show signs of wear. Arches may lower, toes may claw, bunions can appear and also fatty pads become thinner. All of this can result in foot pain both from the joint deformity but also from the shoe fitting. Why don’t your shoes fit you any more?
Having foot pain is serious, it can stop you enjoying the basics of life such as taking the dog for a nice long walk, or spending time shopping, or walking with friends for fun and exercise. Poor foot posture can also affect ankles, knees and backs. If you have foot pain, it is time to look upon your footwear as not only a fashion statement, they must be comfortable and supportive. And healthy footwear is not necessarily unfashionable anymore! A few tips to look for when you buy your shoes are:
Does the shoe have a removable insole? If so, you can fit in an arch support or an orthotic device if prescribed for you.
What chronic health conditions can affect my feet?
Foot conditions are often associated with other long term health conditions and some of these are:-
Diabetes. People with diabetes are at a greater risk of foot ulceration* and therefore need to be very careful with their foot health and shoe fitting. The reason for the increased risk is neuropathy (nerve damage) and reduced circulation, causing loss of sensation and slower healing from a minor skin break or injury, such as a blister or standing on a sharp object.
Arthritis. The two most common forms of arthritis, osteo and rheumatoid, affect the feet differently but both cause pain and joint deformity. Osteoarthritis in the feet often responds well to a thicker, firmer sole shoe such as a stable rocker sole. Rheumatoid arthritis makes the feet extremely sensitive to pressure and weight, so a lighter, more flexible shoe often helps.
Heart disease. Fluid accumulation in the body can be a sign of worsening heart disease, due to reduced blood flow back out of the heart, causing the blood and fluid returning to back up. You will notice swelling, particularly later in the day, in your lower legs and ankles. Make sure the shoes have an easy, long opening to get the feet in and that the shoes are not too high around the ankles.
It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out, it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.. (Robert W. Service)
With the right pair of healthy, well fitting shoes the world awaits you!
More information on diabetes and foot complications can be found at:
Compiled by Lisa Preston
5, The Minories, Henley Street
Stratford upon Avon
WARWICKSHIRE CV37 6NF
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