Do you suffer from blisters, bruised toe nails, pain in the knees, shin, ankle or hip? The reason could be bad footwear. Since we spend several hours of the day on our feet, wearing the right kind of footwear is very essential. Of course they need to be trendy...but they need to be comfortable too! Here are a few tips that might help you pick the right kind, the next time you are out there looking for shoes...
If you are out shoe-shopping in the morning, make sure that there is an inch of space between the end of your longest toe and the shoe. If it is afternoon, make that 1/2-inch.
Don`t wear shoes that are either too small or too tight. You will get blisters.
Do not lace your shoes really tight - your feet tend to expand when you walk and cause discomfort.
If you have a high arch, protect it by buying an insole with arch support for your shoe.
The flatter the heel the better. Look at it in relation to the sole under the ball of the foot and choose a footwear with the least height difference. If you insist on heels, choose a plain heel or the one that is cut in at the back instead of one that flares out on each side and at the back.
You should wear different shoes for walking, aerobics and work.
Do not stockpile your favourite shoe. Buy new ones when you feel your shoes are getting too old. Better still, rotate your shoes by buying a new pair every 4 - 6 weeks (with the same stability but a different model).
Different styles will work different bones and muscles, so you will be less likely to have an injury.