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Proper footwear = Happiness

Are your feet sore? If yes, what type of shoes are you wearing? Buy shoes that support your feet, not make them sore and tired. Purchase comfortable shoes first and foremost, and if they are fashionable that’s a bonus. Proper fitting shoes are so important both to our overall health. There’s no two set of feet alike. We all have different foot shapes therefore different needs. So, the shoes that might work for you might not work for someone else.

Finding proper shoes that fit is one of the most essential tasks you can do to keep your feet and your body and mind happy. Poorly fitting shoes may cause blisters, bunions, corns and calluses, hammertoes, stress fractures, and a whole host of other foot ills. Even after you find the right shoes, remember that they will wear down over time and need to be replaced, usually every six months to one year of continual use.

So how d you find the right shoes? Here’s a good rule of thumb:

When buying shoes try this:

  • Shop late in the afternoon as your feet swell during the day. You’ll get a better fit that way.
  • Have both feet measured every time you buy shoes. One foot is often larger than the other. This is normal. Try on both shoes and buy them for the biggest foot.
  • A properly fitting shoe should not allow the tips of your toes to touch the end of your shoe, cramp the width of your foot, or slip off the back of your heel. The front of the shoe should be roomy enough to wiggle your toes.
  • Break in new shoes gradually to prevent blisters. Don’t wear new shoes for more than 2 hrs. at a time. If necessary, protect sensitive parts of your feet with padding such as using moleskin, band aids, blister block, padded walking socks, etc.

Look for good shoe construction:

  • Wear shoes appropriate to the activity you’re doing. Wear sturdy shoes with good support for walking; steel-toed boots for heavy work to protect your feet from injury; jogging shoes for jogging; warm, waterproof boots for winter.
  • Heels should be a sensible height. A heel higher than 3 cm. (or 1.25 inches) throws the body’s weight off centre leading to backaches and muscle cramps in the legs. If you do wear high heels, switch heel heights during the day to ease strain on legs and feet.
  • Leather and canvas are the best materials as they are porous and take the shape of your foot.
  • Insoles can be inserted in the shoe to absorb the jolts of walking.
  • Soles should be strong and flexible and have a good gripping surface.

The bottom line is this: following common sense ‘steps’ to minimize your risk of shoe and foot problems, to step forward to better health 😉.  Consult with your local Reflexology Therapist about your footwear. Your feet and overall health will thank you!

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