How to Choose Shoes

Here’s a primer on how to properly lace shoes: Lacing Shoes for the Proper Fit

Pointed toe shoes force toes to conform to the shoe outline, which promotes the formation of bunions, hammertoes and other foot deformities. If you do wear pointed toe shoes, make it infrequently and only for short periods of time.

High Heels RFS - pink high heel

High heeled shoes are considered the “height” of fashion. But, high heels force your feet forward into the toe box and shift most of your body weight to the ball of the foot. That means the higher your heel, the greater your risk of foot problems and pain.

Low-heeled shoes are more comfortable, safer and less damaging than high-heeled shoes. If you must wear high heels, choose a moderate or low heel (not more than 2 inches). A shorter heel will give an elongated appearance if it is a thin stiletto type, rather than a thick or chunky heel.

If you absolutely can’t resist those strappy pink high heels (who would blame you?) try to save them for special functions where you will not be on your feet for extended periods of time; treat them as a limited-privilege accessory.

RFS -  flip flopsFlip flops and Sandals

Flip-flops should be avoided by people with diabetes. They leave the feet unprotected and exposed to the elements, which can mean cold toes, sunburns, cuts, bruises and even fractures.

Flip flops also cause overuse injuries, such as stress fractures of the metatarsals, (the five long bones that reach out to the toes), which are common among flip-flop wearers. This is because you take shorter steps and, in order to grip the shoe with your toes, don’t bring your toes up as much when walking.

Inexpensive flip-flops are, generally, just a flat piece of rubber and the toe thong has no built in support. The lack of arch support can cause another common foot injury: plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot that causes a stabbing pain, especially in the heel. People with flatter arches are more prone to such overuse injuries because they need more support for their muscles and ligaments

Selecting Athletic Shoes

Selecting the right athletic shoe for the “job” is just as important as selecting a street shoe.

How to Choose the Right Athletic Shoe

Sources

WebMD

Mayo Clinic

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society

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