No matter who you are, it is more likely than not that you have had foot problems. While there are worse things than dealing with foot pain, it is hard to recall them when you are having trouble standing, let alone walking around. There are some problems with feet that are caused by muscular issues, genetics, or diseases, but the majority of problems with the feet are caused by shoes that do not fit right. No matter the cause of the pain in your feet, a good pair of shoes that fit you correctly will help to alleviate the pain. Good shoes can make all the difference to your toes, arches, and heels.
Foot Problems Stemming from the Wrong Shoes
Blisters, athlete’s foot, corns, ingrown toenails, calluses, and hammertoes can be caused by wearing shoes that are too tight on your feet. Aside from these, decreased circulation can cause the feet to swell up, making the tight shoes even tighter. It is not a surprise that women are more prone to foot problems than men. Women tend to love their attractive-but-tight shoes. The biggest culprits, of course, are heels. Unfortunately, heels that are too high, arches that force pressure onto the ball of the foot, and toes that are far too small for everyday wear tend to be the most popular.
How Tight Shoes Cause Problems for the Feet
Shoes were invented and are supposed to be designed to provide support and comfort for our feet. Tight shoes rub on the feet, causing blisters to erupt and calluses or corns to form. Constantly forcing feet into areas that are too tight create hammertoes. Hammertoes curl in and over other toes and are as unattractive as they are painful. When toes are pushed up against a short or narrow toe box, the toenails have nowhere to grow but into the skin. Ingrown toenails are extremely painful and are often fixed only by resorting to surgery. Feet need room to breathe. As with any other part of the body, they need the oxygen provided by blood flow. Without enough room, the feet become cramped and moist. This is the ultimate environment for the development of athlete’s foot or toenail fungus.
Foot Problems are Avoidable
You can avoid blisters, calluses, corns, fungus infections, ingrown toenails, bunions, and hammertoes by wearing proper-fitting shoes. For the best protection against foot problems, choose shoes that are comfortably snug without being tight. The toe of your shoes should be wide enough for a little bit of wiggle room. The heels should be flat, low, or of a moderate height, to assist you with proper posture, and should fit just snug enough to keep your own heels from sliding around, causing blisters, corns, and calluses.
Fortunately, there are shoe manufacturers that specialize in creating stylish, attractive shoes that protect and support the feet. Take care of your feet by buying and wearing shoes that fit your feet and you will find that your foot problems are a thing of the past.