More than half of us suffer from footproblems and often those problems are directly related to our shoes. Thataccording to a study from the Institute for Preventive Foot Health.
ConsumerReportsOn Health says wearing the wrong shoes can lead to life-long deformities thatrequire surgery to fix.
Shoes that force feet into narrow or pointytoes can cause bunions or hammertoes, where the toes curl downward unnaturally.
Highheels can shorten your Achilles tendon, and can trigger planter fasciitis, aninflammation of the tissues of the soles of the feet. Even flat shoes can harmyour feet if they lack support and cushioning.
So, how do you put your best foot forward? Consumer Reports On Health advisesopting for a lower heel to take some of the pressure off the ball of your foot.Make sure that there is enough room in the toe, and avoid thin-soled shoes thathave little or no support.
Themost common problem is simply wearing the wrong shoe size. One study revealedthat over a third of people wore shoes that were off by a half size. And twelve percent wore shoes that were offby one- and-a-half sizes!
Sohave your feet measured each time you buy and keep your emotions in check. Beaware that your feet change as you age. They lose padding and they lengthen andspread. People over the age of 40 can gain a half a shoe size every 10 years.All the more reason to measure.
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