We have become a very fashion conscious society, and as a result, we believe stylish shoes – particularly those with a brand name – mean “insurance” for our feet. After all, we paid a lot of money for our shoes, didn’t we? This is evident when assessments are done at our Clinic, which confirm a problem is the result of the choice of shoes, and many clients go into a state of shock protesting …”but I buy ‘good’ shoes!”
One of our elderly clients, in reminiscing about her youth admitted with pride …“I remember the days when I used to wear some killer heels, and don’t talk about the kick and stabs.” Reflecting myself, I think back to about 4 years ago when I used to wear the stiletto heels myself, and boy oh boy, they really complemented my legs in those short skirts.
Like having a good mattress, appropriate shoes are important to one’s well being, since many hours are spent bearing weight on them. Yet people frequently buy ill-fitting shoes for all kinds of reasons, and then keep wearing the shoes till they are worn out, because they have just become “broken in.” The inevitable then occurs; foot problems such as corns, calluses, Morton’s Neuroma, hammertoes and bunions amongst others.
Preventing Pain and Discomfort
Foot pain can be prevented or reduced through buying properly fitted shoes and proper footwear usage. When choosing footwear, experts recommend a style with a shock absorbent sole and padding at the ball of the foot. And lest we feel that women alone are affected, men too have issues, especially if they use safety boots or other footwear that fit poorly.
While elegant looking, high heel shoes in some cases can be terribly wrong for the wearer. One of the amazing foot facts states that a woman of 125 pounds, on hitting the ground, strikes with a force of 900 pounds. Can you even wrap your mind around that? It sounds crazy but it’s true! A lot of pressure is generally placed on these things called feet, and the only time we tend to pay any attention to them is when something happens, and pain rears its ugly head.
A number of shoes within recent times are made with extremely thin heels which are not supportive . . . so there’s nothing to withstand the pressure. Wedge heels are better; though if extremely high, they have a similar effect. For work shoes in particular, a heel of 2 – 2 ½ inches maximum is recommended, especially if you’re on your feet a lot.
Guidelines for Selecting Footwear
When making selections for Career or Dress, ensure that:
- The footwear has a good, firm heel counter.
- There’s a broader toe shape.
- They are deep enough since, ‘whatever rubs will blister!’
- As needed, the design or pattern comes up higher on the instep to compliment the shape of the feet.
- The sole and heel materials provide cushioning and shock absorption.
- You select a store that knows and cares about shoe fitting, and also stocks a wide array of choices.
- You shop later in the day when your feet are at their largest.
In talking about work shoes, it seems as though “flip flops” have become the new pumps (work shoes). It has become an annoying trend that should not be tolerated by employers. Women come to interviews in appropriate shoes, and as soon as they get settled, it becomes a flip flop fest! Wear office smart footwear – shorter/thicker heels and protect your feet from problems later on. Flip flops not only look flop, but have the same effect on your feet; usually most of them are thin and hard. Apart from providing no support, they can lead to foot abnormalities and pains later on.
Your feet mirror your general health . . . cherish them!