The Wrong Shoes May Damage Your Feet

02/27/2012
 

High HeelsSometimes the answer for your pain is right in front of you, other times, it is right below you. Take a look at your shoes. Are they providing your body with adequate and comfortable support?  Your footwear could be aggravating a pre-existing condition, especially if you are currently suffering from foot pain from diabetes, or arthritis. Read on to learn about a list of foot conditions that may be further irritated, or created by wearing the wrong shoe.

What is the Wrong Shoe?

Maybe your shoes weren’t made for walking, standing, or even sitting. High or even low heels produce unnatural foot positions, which can extend and gradually reshape the arch in your foot, as well as cause damage to the tendons and muscles in your feet. High heels should not be higher than 2 inches. Staircases, cracked sidewalks, and gravel pathways are your worst nightmare when you choose to wear excessively high heels.

Flats are the preferred choice by most podiatrists, but only when there is adequate arch support. There must be an arch. Wearing shoes that are too large or small for your feet may also cause foot pain, as well as irreversible damage.  

Pain in Foot

There isn’t a better sign of your shoes causing you pain than the relief you experience when you take them off.  Here’s a short list of the most common types of foot pain caused by wearing the wrong shoe.

  • Ankle Sprains can be caused by high heels, especially when they exceed two inches. Lateral sprains (roll the outside of your foot) are the typical type of sprain caused by wearing high heels. When you experience a sprain, the tissues are pulled beyond their normal capabilities. If you have to wear heels, choose a heel with a thicker base; these are less likely to cause a sprain. 

  • Bone Spurs can develop from a number of factors, including standing for a long period of time and, or, by wearing uncomfortable shoes. If you enjoy the pointy shoed Wicked-Witch-of-the-West look, you definitely won’t enjoy a bone spur. When your shoes are too small in the toe box area, it causes the muscles to strain and leads way to the growth of calcium deposits on your bones.
     
  • Bunions may also be linked to wearing shoes that are too narrow or shoes that cramp your toes. Findings show that women are 10 times more likely to have bunions than men. A bunion may form when a narrow shoe causes the big toe to turn towards the second toe, often resulting in the growth of a bump on the outside of the toe.

  • Corns form by pressure and friction, and can become very painful. They are thickened areas of skin that form on the foot, and are also known as calluses. Extra pressure and friction may be caused by hard, uncomfortable footwear.
     
  • Hammertoes may develop when there is not enough room in the front of the shoe. The second joint of the toe is bent, causing the toe to shorten. A person’s balance may be affected when they have this condition.

Foot Pain Relief

The best advice for relieving foot pain, especially if you’re on your feet at work for a long period of time, is to wear comfortable, low shoes. This may mean you’re shoes aren’t as stylish, but what a difference you will experience in the pain relief department!

Not only can the wrong shoe hurt your feet, it can also cause hip, knee, and back pain. Take care of your feet today, and come by for a massage therapy session. We have people living all over Central Illinois coming in to see our Belleville Chiropractor. Make your appointment today!  

We provide pain relief for residents of Fairview Heights, Swansea, O'Fallon, Belleville, Shiloh, Collinsville, and the surrounding Illinois communities.

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