The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is in full swing. Gift shopping and holiday activities make for long days of being on our feet with little to no time to rest or stretch those hard-working toes. By the end of a long day, it feels rewarding to slip your shoes off and relax--and it especially feels nice if the shoes you’re wearing are hurting your feet.
It should go without saying that if you feel pain during or after wearing a particular pair of shoes, you shouldn’t be wearing them! In fact, we suggest you take a look at all of your shoes and determine which ones have been naughty or nice to you this year.
So what makes a shoe bad for you? Here are the most common triggers:
●Wrong size - If your shoes are too small, blisters, numbing pain, and other issues may result and make walking uncomfortable. Shoes that are too big offer no support and put stress on the wrong parts of the foot.
●Wrong amount of arch support - If the shoes do not have supportive arches, your feet do not have the support they need. The amount of arch support should be taken into account, as you don’t want your feet to overpronate (foot rotates too far inward) or underpronate (foot rolls too far outward) when walking.
Not all shoes are created the same, and the same goes for how they affect your feet. The “every-once-in-a-while” foot pain from wearing certain shoes may become a more frequent foot pain or cause other issues such as pain in the knee, hip, or back areas. So be sure to look at your footwear every now and then to make sure your shoes are of the right size and width, and offer proper arch support.
Don’t let bad shoes be the culprit of your foot pain. The team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona is here to help and get you back to living life comfortably. Reach our Chandler and Gilbert offices by phone at 480-963-90000 to schedule an appointment today.