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The Importance of Good Shoes

Shoes do more than just support your feet, they support your knees, and other joints as well.

On average, we take about 7,500 steps per day. Proper shoes are important for ensuring that your feet, as well as your knees and joints are properly supported. Good shoes can also help to stave off a number of problems like bunions, corns, and hammertoes –all of which can be caused by wearing shoes that are tight, or ones that lack support.

Here are some problems that poor footwear can cause.

  • Bunions

Bunions are caused when the base of the toe is pushed out of position, causing a bulge on the side of the foot. Bunions can range from mild to severe and are often caused by ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or shoes with pointed toes.

  • Corns

Corns are the result of the skin protecting itself from irritation. When something irritates the skin, the skin responds by building multiple layers of skin in one area. Ill-fitting footwear is a common cause of corns.

  • Hammertoes

A hammertoe is caused by the misalignment of toe joints for an extended period of time. This can be caused from wearing shoes, such as heels, that force the foot to remain in an unnatural position for any length of time.

  • Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when the corner or side of a nail grows into the skin. Ingrown toenails can be painful and result in redness or swelling, or can even become infected if left untreated. Ingrown toenails can be caused from tight shoes.

Finding the Right Shoes
Many of these complications can be prevented by wearing good shoes. It’s a good idea to have your feet measured regularly, since feet can change size over time. Before buying a pair of shoes, take a test walk to see how they feel and fit. Remember to have your shoes fitted with the type of socks that you’ll be wearing with the shoes, to ensure a proper fit.

When to Replace Your Shoes
Be sure to replace your shoes regularly as the support found in shoes wears out over time. If you notice your shoes have holes, or that the lining of your shoe is worn, it may be time to replace them. You should also replace your shoes if the heel starts to collapse on one side, since this can lead to improper balance and walking.

For more information on foot care, or to schedule an appointment with a Houston podiatrist, contact Dr Lamarra of Shepherd Square Podiatry today.

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