Despite the attractiveness of wearing high heeled shoes, the list of potentially painful foot problems and muscle and joint injuries is long.
Squeeze the front part of the foot, which can lead to structural pathologies in the feet, e.g. bunions.
Put the ankle into a plantar flexion (arching of the foot), which shorten the calf muscles.
Throw the pelvis forward, which produces a sway back (lumbar lordosis). This is a distortion that puts stress through the sacral iliac joints and low back.
Are unstable to walk on (especially spike heels) due to the minimal heel surface. This makes you more prone to ankle twist and falling.
Pointed Toe Shoes
A turkey has three long pointed toes – a human does not! If you wear pointed toed shoes, they will laterally compress the front part of your foot to make your toes conform within the boundaries of the shoe. This prevents your foot from functioning correctly when you walk. Pointed toe shoes can lead to structural changes in the front part of the foot, e.g. corns, calluses, ingrown nails and bunions. In addition to being uncomfortable, pointed toe shoes can also cause very ugly feet!
Are Your Shoes Contributing To Your Chronic Pain?
The metal shoes pictured here were used to punish people during the middle ages. The miscreant was placed in a yoke or the stocks, which secured their head and hands, and the metal shoes were placed on their feet. The idea was that they’d stand on their toes as long as they could, but eventually fatigue would make them step down, and when they did, those three metal spikes would drive into their heels.
Athletic Shoes With Air or Foam Heels
Air and foam heel shoes are unstable because their synthetic non- rubber heels easily compress and deform. This leads to instability in your heel as you walk, which makes you more prone to ankle twists. Research suggests that you are also more prone to sports injuries when using air and gel heels.
Because they don’t last as long as harder heels; air and gel shoes have to be replaced more frequently.
Earth Shoes (also called negative heel shoes) put an unhealthy stretch on the calf muscles, making you more prone to tearing your Achilles tendon.
Rocker Bottom Shoes
Normally as you walk, you use your foot and leg muscles to move the weight of your body from your heel to your toes. But in using rocker bottom shoes, the rolling action is done for you, reducing the need to use your muscles. The result is that your foot and leg muscles (due to decreased use) get weaker the longer you use these shoes.
Choosing ‘Healthy’ Shoes
Thanks to shoe manufacturers who promote shoe fads (that ruin your feet and body) instead of shoes that promote wellness, many people are convinced that good shoes are unattractive and can only be found in orthopedic shoe stores.
Though this above notion is far from the truth, if your idea of a great pair of shoes is based solely on fad fashion extremes, then a slight attitude adjustment may be necessary if you also want to be comfortable.
It’s easy to find shoes that are both stylish and good for your body. Here are some guidelines:
It sounds monstrous, doesn’t it? Yet many people today voluntarily put themselves through torture by choosing shoes that can do just as much physical damage.
When buying a new pair of shoes, it’s important to choose wisely. And if you live with chronic ankle, foot, knee, hip or back pain, the right choice is even more important, as the wrong type of shoes can make your existing problem(s) worse.
In buying a new pair of shoes it makes good sense to avoid these shoe pitfalls: