Shoes are the first line of defense against foot and ankle injury. They are designed to provide protection, comfort, support and style. Over the centuries, the shoe has evolved. The designs and materials have changed many times. Today, there is almost an endless array of styles and designs. Which makes it difficult to decide which pair of shoes is right for you. The first question you should ask yourself is, "What activity are the shoes for?" Wearing the right shoe for a particular activity is probably as important a factor in the choice of shoes as any. Will they be for exercise walking or for more rigorous activities such as basket-ball or tennis? Are you starting an aerobics class? Are they for your teenager to wear to school, or for you to wear to work? Are the shoes for an infant, toddler or child?
Remember these tips when buying shoes:
Generally, shoes are not necessary when a
child begins to walk. When the child walks barefooted, or with socks only,
the muscles in the feet strengthen and develop. When children grow and
become more active, they will need the protection and support of shoes. it
is necessary to change shoe sizes frequently because of the rapid growth of
the child. A child's foot should never be forced in to a shoe that is
Women are especially likely to cause harm in the pursuit of fashion!!!
Women account for nearly 90 percent of all operations performed to correct common foot disorders such as bunions, hammertoes and neuromas that are often caused by improper shoes. The shoes women wear are the biggest culprits, especially dress shoes, which are typically characterized by a tight fit, narrow toe boxes, high heels and shapes that don't conform to the foot.
Often, women squeeze into dress shoes that are one or two sizes too small for their feet. If you're a woman, you can test that yourself: Take off one shoe and place it on the floor alongside your foot. Chances are your foot will be wider than the shoe.
Women who wear narrow-toed shoes must squeeze the forefoot into the shoe, placing considerable pressure on the big and little toes and all the bones in between. If the shoes also have high heels, the pressure on the forefoot soars by a factor of five. As a result, the forefoot is literally molded into an abnormal shape.
To decrease the harmful effects of these
types of shoes, women can limit the time they wear them. They should be
alternated with good quality sneakers or flats for part of the day. Another
idea is to wear dress shoes with a lower heel height and wider toe area.
There are comfortable and attractive “walking” pumps (also called “comfort”
pumps) for work and social activities.
The best dress shoe for men is a quality
oxford style (wing tip shoes fall into this category). Suitable alternatives
include dressy loafers, and low dress boots. Office workers should earmark
three to five pairs of shoes for business hours. Cushioned sole shoes
that give good support are essential for those who spend most of their
working days on their feet. But as with women's shoes, the foot should not
be forced into a shoe that is too narrow or small.
A change of shoes is often all it takes to alleviate foot problems. Roomy, comfortable shoes, such as running shoes or walking shoes, should be your first step.
Different sporting activities call for specific footwear to protect feet and ankles. A running shoe is built to absorb impact, while a tennis shoe is made to give support for side-to-side motion. Sports specific athletic shoes are a wise investment for serious athletes. This may not be as important for people who are weekend athletes. “Cross trainers” are fine for a general athletic shoe, such as for physical education classes. It is still a good idea to use the correct shoe for each sport. For many athletic activities, your shoes are your most important piece of equipment.
Another very important consideration is the condition of the shoe. Do not wear any shoe past its useful life (when the shoe has worn on one side more than the other or when it has lost its shock absorption).
Shoes for Problem Feet.
Huntington Foot & Ankle Clinic, Inc. carries shoes that are designed for people with foot problems. We have shoes for people with problems such as Bunions, Hammertoes, Diabetes, Arthritis and other problems.
What is a C. Ped (Certified Pedorthist)?
Pedorthics: The design, manufacture, fit and modification of shoes and foot orthosis to alleviate foot problems caused by disease, overuse or injury.
A Certified Pedorthist is an individual who has studied foot anatomy and pathology, biomechanics, shoe construction and modification, foot orthosis fabrication and materials, footwear fitting, and patient/practice management, and who abides by BCP's Code of Ethics outlining responsibilities to the patient, the physician, the public and the profession.
Dual Size Shoe Contacts
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This Page Last Modified On Friday July 13, 2007
This website is for informational purposes only. Information found on this website should not be considered medical advice.