New Shoes, New You

Total body health starts at the ground up — well, technically at the feet. First, consider if you are wearing the right shoes.

Improper footwear can cause issues in your feet such as Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and more. But it can also affect other parts of your body — most importantly, your spine. Shoes without proper support can misalign your body. For example, when the foot is in the wrong position, too much force can be exerted on the knee joints when standing, walking or running. This leads to a change in the pelvic position, affecting the spine.

High heels can especially disrupt the body’s natural position — and not just for women. Many men’s dress shoes have a half-inch to three-quarter-inch sole which can lead to the same symptoms. Try to limit your wearing of high heels on days when you know you won’t walk as much, or bring a comfortable backup pair of shoes for walking.

The arch of your shoe is also important. Too high or too low an arch can cause issues.

  • If you have a high arch, look for shoes with extra padding.
  • For a low arch, look for stiffer shoes that limit movement to prevent your foot from rolling inward.

A recent study has shown that walking or running in “minimal” shoes (shoes that mimic the shape of your bare foot by removing arch support and tightness around the toes, while having a thin flexible sole) can create stronger, stiffer feet.

What kind of shoes can help you? Research the type of foot you have and take steps towards fabulous footwear.

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