Importance of Good Footwear

Several studies have shown that walking in high heeled shoes can lead to everything from blisters and bunions to backaches and sprained ankles.

Should you wear high heels?

Normally, when walking down stairs you put your heel down first and then flatten the foot, then you use your toe to propel yourself forward. However, when wearing high heels people take on an unsteady gait putting excessive force on their toes in order to move the body forward to the next step. An unsteady gait can lead to excessive muscle activity in the lower leg, which can result in injury to the foot.

Studies also show that when barefoot, women walk more confidently, placing more force on their heel.

The bottom line is that you should limit your use of high heels, especially if you have foot injuries or back problems. And certainly limit the height of the heel.

Flip-flops linked to abnormal gait

As comfy as they may be, researchers have found that flip-flops may lead to abnormal changes in your stride.

People tend to strike the ground with less force when donning flip-flops compared to when they are wearing sneakers. This decreased force may explain anecdotal reports that people who wear flip-flops for extended period alter their normal galt and experience lower leg pain. As a consequence, flip-clops should only be worn for short periods of time and should not be your primary form of footwear.

Invest in a good and working shoe. Look at your shoes periodically to make sure they are not worn out. Over time, the soft cushiony material called EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) breaks down and the show loses its resiliency. Good shoes with a good shock absorption are a must for optimum foot health.

What shoes should you wear?

Invest in a good and working shoe. Look at your shoes periodically to make sure they are not worn out. Over time, the soft cushiony material called EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) breaks down and the show loses its resiliency. Good shoes with a good shock absorption are a must for optimum foot health.

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