If your feet hurt, there could be something wrong with them – and your symptoms might not just be felt in the feet but in other parts of the leg, too. Wearing the right shoes and ensuring your feet are properly supported can completely change your feet comfort!
Everything starts with the feet – they are your support, your transport, the very foundation of your body. They hold your weight, balance you, propel you and absorb shock. So, their stability and overall mechanical performance is crucially important – and not something to ignore.
They’ve always been there at the end of our legs and, for that very reason, we tend to take them for granted. If you just consider, though, how they are constructed, it’s easier to appreciate that they need to be treated with care quite regularly. Each foot is made up of 26 bones, 33 joints and more than one hundred muscles, tendons and ligaments[i].
Here are more facts: the average person will walk 150,000 miles in a lifetime; the equivalent to walking around the world five times[ii]. Then, for each mile that you walk, the arch bears between 200,000 and 300,000 pounds of stress[iii]. Ninety per cent of us experience some sort of foot problem in our lifetime, with 20 per cent suffering with chronic long-term foot pain[iv].
A great deal of how you balance and walk is down to the shape of your foot arch. The different shapes of the arch mean you might need more support for your feet.
Make sure the shoe fits
We all want to look stylish and follow current fashion trends. And we’d all like pain-free feet. But sometimes that’s a difficult balancing act between fashion and comfort. If your foot doesn’t have the proper support it can throw your body out of alignment, which can mean poor posture, pain or balance issues. So bear these tips in mind when buying footwear:
- Ensure there’s room between the big toe and the tip of the shoe
- Avoid slip-ons in favour of adjustable fastenings
- If you have to wear high heeled shoes, make sure they’re less than 4cm (11/2”) in height
- Choose shoes with removable insoles so that you can fit in your own supports or orthotics
- Try to find shoes that hold the heel firmly in place
Insoles help to provide more cushioning and support and they increase the stability of unstable shoes. The insole can also contribute to alleviating problems in the back and hips. Heel cushions can be used to reduce unnecessary knee movement and absorb shock more effectively.
The most important thing is to find the right solution for you – when you get the right product, you’ll know! A simple adjustment in your footwear using insoles could revolutionise how your feet feels at the end of a long day of standing and walking for hours. Look here for Scholl’s wide range of insoles.