Shoe mistakes that cause foot pain
Whether you like to wear sky-high stilettos or bohemian flip flops, chances are if the shoe fits, you’ll wear it. But it’s probably a good idea to put a bit more thought into your choice of footwear, beyond ‘they look good.’
The proper footgear not only can help prevent foot pain, but also be good for your whole body. Wearing the right pair of shoes can help you feel comfortable, be pain free, and even prevent injuries. Shoe choice matters, as do a lot of other things – like where you buy them and how often you replace them.
We spoke to several experts who explain the common shoe mistakes people make that could be causing foot pain.
You don’t replace shoes that have worn-down heels
Have you ever noticed that one side of the bottom of your sneaker’s heel can be more worn-down than the other after a couple months of use? It’s a very normal phenomenon, according to podiatrist, Dr Jane Pontious. Your heel, positioned directly below your body, supports all of your weight. We all walk slightly differently, so it makes sense that some people may lean more on one side of the shoe than the other. However, that doesn’t make it healthy for your foot and ankle to be put in this imbalanced position in the long term. “People will look at the sneaker and say, ‘Well, it’s new,’ and I’ll say, ‘Look at the heel. You’re no longer standing normally, so you have to replace it,’” says Pontious.
You’re not replacing your running shoes enough
The conventional wisdom is that someone can run 160 kilometres in each pair of running shoes before they should be replaced. Living by this rule, someone who runs eight kilometres four or five times a week would have to replace his or her shoes almost every month. Podiatrist, Jack Schuberth admits that this would quickly become an expensive shoe replacement habit, but it’s an important one to keep, even if you replace your shoes slightly less often. After too much mileage, the sole of your running shoe and the cushioning below your foot can wear down, decreasing the amount of padding your feet get from your shoes as they pound the pavement. Schuberth recommends that runners pay attention to any pain they may feel in their feet, ankles, and knee and hip joints; it may be a result of overused running shoes.