Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Secrets Women Would Love To Know About Their Feet! Every day thousands of women ask themselves that question when their feet start hurting. Is it my shoes or is it my feet? The answer to that question is that both statements are correct. Over the past 30 years of practice I have come to the conclusion that depending on the shape of the foot and all its curves and bumps it is just as much a culprit in making ones shoes uncomfortable as wearing a pair of shoes that are too tight, too small or too high. So when you look in your shoe closet, you can begin to label your shoes as “killers” or “comfortable” depending on the style. It is a well known fact that outfits, work environments, special events and occasions dictate the style of footwear. Obviously sometimes one has to grin and bear it while taking the hit, hoping that shoe style or those lumps and bumps do not cripple you. Ouch! The problems that create the most anxiety for women when wearing shoes are those little annoying lumps and bumps such as bunions, hammer toes and spurs that develop over a long period of time on the foot. That is why your feet, “all of a sudden”, start to bother you in a pair of shoes that were once very comfortable. Unless there was a traumatic accident to your feet where bones were broken, those menacing areas eventually form due to constant rubbing and friction against the top, back and sides of your shoes. Unfortunately, even women with “perfect” feet and shoes that fit properly will not escape bad “foot genes” so everyone is predisposed. Yes foot problems are hereditary. Thank you mom and dad! Either way there are a few ways of making shoes fit your foot better, stretching your shoes is the easiest way to solve the problem and having bone corrective surgery is the other option. Buying shoes a half a size larger to try and solve the problem can only lead to other foot problems such as arch cramps and blisters from too much room in the shoe which allows for excess movement. There are many options available to make both your shoes and feet more comfortable, so do not give up trying to finding ways to solve those problems. Certain shoe styles such as open toed shoes, backless, heels, wedges and sandals can eliminate a number of one’s complaints by giving feet more room to “breath” weather permitting. Placing soft insole liners in your closed pairs of shoes can cushion the ball of the foot and fill in space if the shoes are too roomy. Over the counter arch supports such as Instant Arches for fashion footwear or for Sandals that can stick in the arch area of open or closed shoe styles can take pressure off the ball of the foot, prevent your foot from slipping forward and create support underneath the arch. The simple addition of items like these to fashion footwear will solve many foot and shoe problems most women point too when complaining about problems they have with their feet when wearing shoes.