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Proper Footwear Can Improve Your Health

by Fernando Salam on Oct 17, 2008

proper footwearMany people do not realize how important proper footwear is to foot health, and even to parts of your body that seem entirely unrelated, such as your knees or lower back.  There are a great deal of people who suffer from back problems, unaware that many of their aches and pains can be relieved if they use the right footwear, and by wearing proper insoles or inserts for their shoes. The way your back is aligned depends a great deal on the way you stand, so if you wear a pair of shoes that do no allow you to adopt a correct body posture, then you will suffer other ailments such as lower backaches.

If you take the time to make sure that the arch in your feet is properly supported, then you will enjoy a much better posture, as well as fewer aches and pains.  Podiatrists unanimously emphasize the importance of wearing proper footwear in order to keep your feet in top condition.  Although most podiatrists measure your feet for a custom-made shoe insert, most people will benefit greatly from inexpensive, standard off-the-shelf orthotic insoles that provide the proper level of arch or metatarsal support.

There are many foot problems that result from not standing correctly and letting your arch fall lower than it should be, or even having it higher than it should be.   Some of the most common foot problems include bunions, Morton’s Neuroma, calluses, corns, and plantar fasciitis.  There are many more foot problems that can arise from not wearing the right footwear, so chances are that if you do not see your foot problem.

Foot health is crucial to your overall well-being, and foot problems that are not treated promptly can result in more serious complications over time.  Many people do not take their feet as a serious issue, and can run into a great deal of problems that affect their entire body, only because they do not take care of their feet.  Be sure to choose the proper footwear, as this can greatly improve your foot health.  If you wear appropriate footwear and arch supports, then you greatly decrease the probability of having to deal with these common foot problems that affect your overall health.

Proper footwear depends on the type of activity to be performed, such as working, engaging in sports and other leisure activities, or just lounging around your home.  In general, appropriate footwear have the following features:

Be the appropriate size for your foot, neither too loose or tight

  • Offer ample support for your feet’s arches and ankles
  • Provide your toes with plenty of room to move
  • Feature soles that provide appropriate cushioning
  • Have a non-skid outsole to prevent accidents

If you suffer from foot health problems, then it is advisable to consult with your doctor to make sure that you are doing what is right for your feet as well as your body.  Your feet hold your entire body upright, so you want to be sure to take care of them the best way you can.  Healthy feet make enhance your overall well-being and make you feel better.

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