Wear The Right Shoes

When it comes to taking care of your feet, one of the things you want to do is to make sure you wear the best shoes for your needs. You should be wearing the best casual shoes for times when you are simply running errands or taking care of many of life's other enjoyable moments or simple tasks. Then, you also want to make sure you are making proper shoe selection when it comes to other times, such as when you are playing sports or doing something else specific. Wearing the wrong shoes can cause you a lot of different problems, and you can learn more about wearing the right shoes here.

Some shoes should be avoided at all costs 

There are some shoes that you should try to avoid wearing at all costs. These shoes can harm your feet or increase your chances of slipping and falling which can cause injuries to your feet, your ankles and any other part of your body that takes the brunt of the fall. Here are three types of shoes you should try to avoid wearing altogether:

  • High heels – High heels are just bad for your feet all the way around. They generally don't offer you the ankle support you should have, especially when you take the fact they have such high heels to them. The heels also make the shoes bad for you because they cause your foot to scrunch down toward the toes, putting a lot of extra weight on them. This added stress can cause many problems, such as corns, bunions, and even plantar fasciitis. The small base of the heel on high heels also makes it a lot more likely that you can fall and hurt yourself.
  • Flip flops – Flip flops are another type of shoe that you should try not to wear at all. Flip flops have a strap that goes between your big toe and the toe next to it. This is the only form of support the shoe offers, which means they really have no support. They move a lot when you walk which increases the tripping risk. They can also get sweaty since they are worn with no socks, and your foot can slide right out of them, also leading to accidents simply when you walk. Your toes are also not protected, increasing the chances of you stubbing a toe on something.
  • Slippery bottoms – Some shoes have no traction built into their bottoms, and this makes them very hard and even dangerous to wear in certain conditions. For example, you can find that you can slip all over if you try to walk in this type of shoe when it is raining or snowing, as well as simply when you are walking on a slippery floor in the store.

Some shoes you should wear for specific reasons

Along with making sure you don't wear shoes that automatically put you at a higher risk of problems simply through their bad design, you also want to make sure you wear the proper type for what you will be doing in them. Here are some shoes you should wear for specific reasons:

  • Hiking boots – If you are going to be walking on uneven ground, hiking or working where you may be climbing on piles of stuff then you should wear hiking boots. Hiking boots will give you extra support for your ankles, as well as good grip on the bottom of the footwear.
  • Non-slip shoes – If you are going to be working in an environment with a slippery floor, such as in a restaurant kitchen, then it is very important that you don't only wear shoes with some grip on the bottom, but that you specifically wear 'non-slip' shoes. These shoes have been specifically designed to grip the floor on those slippery surfaces.
  • Steel toed boots – If you are going to be working in an environment where there is the chance of dropping something heavy on your foot, then you should go with steel-toed boots. These boots have been designed with steel built into the end of the boots to offer extra protection for your toes and that upper portion of your feet.
  • Sports-specific shoes – If you are going to be playing sports, you want to make sure to wear shoes that are designed for that sport. This way, you know you are supporting your feet in the correct manner for what you will be doing in them.

For more information, contact a podiatrist like Greenberg Paul today!