What is classed as healthy footwear?
Throughout our lifetimes we will end up having completed an incomprehensible number of steps. Even more, if you fancy yourself as an avid runner or a hiker. As time goes on your feet which are bearing the whole weight of your body can start to get tired. As you can imagine the stress they are under is considerable. And it is almost inevitable that eventually, you’re going to suffer the pain of some form with your feet.
However, there are ways you can start to look after your feet and prevent the income of pain and one of the ways you can do that is through healthy footwear. But what do we mean when we refer to healthy footwear? Well, first and foremost, it depends on you as a person. The healthiest footwear for you depends on a few things such as your weight, height, shoe size, how active you are and a lot of other factors.
Making the move to minimal
One of the healthier ‘types’ of footwear in general though can be referred to as ‘minimal shoes’. So, why are they called this? And what are they? Essentially they try to mimic the shape of your foot rather than having an arch. They also give your toes plenty of space and usually have a flat sole. This allows your feet to rest in a natural position and can lower the chances of developing issues later down the line.
However, if you’re used to wearing traditional shoes or trainers that don’t sound like they fall into the category of ‘minimal’, if you suddenly make a change to minimal shoes, especially if you do a lot of running/walking, you’re at risk of injury. It’s always best consulting with a professional before making such a big change as sometimes you can be doing more harm than good to your feet. And of course, there are certain types of shoes which aren’t good for your feet but that is obvious such as high heels having your foot held in an unnatural position over time.
Get some professional advice
If you’re concerned about the health of your feet and want to know which footwear would be best for you, get in touch. As a licensed foot care practitioner, we can assess your situation individually and see what footwear would be best for your feet either to deal with an issue you’ve got currently or to prevent any in future.