Whether you are an athlete, a teacher or a stay at home mom, what you put on your feet every day is important to your posture and your spine.
When you are standing, your feet are basically the foundation of your whole body. So, imagine taking that 130 pound foundation and placing it on top of a three inch heel. Or imagine taking that 170 pound foundation and placing it inside a loose running shoe.
Whatever the case, it will inevitably effect your entire body. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons reports that for every mile that a person walks there will be 60 tons of stress on each foot. So, making sure you have the right support on those feet is important.
- Make sure that the shoe fits your activity. If you plan on running, don't wear dress shoes...its that simple!
- Make sure your shoes have adequate support for your activity. For example, hiking in a sandal is probably a bad idea.
- Have your feet periodically measured. Many podiatrists suggest that you have your feet measured in a weight bearing position every time your shop for shoes. Your foot size changes with age and weight, so you may be surprised to find that you need a larger size or a wider shoe.
- When trying on shoes, if you find they are uncomfortable while standing, most likely they will be uncomfortable while walking.
- Shop for shoes at the end of the day. Your feet are generally their flattest and largest at the end of the day.
- Most people wear their shoes too long. The shoes may look good on the outside, but the support is gone on the inside. Our general rule of thumb is "3 months or 300 miles." After about 3 months of consistent wear, or after about 300 miles of travel, more than likely the support inside your shoe no longer exists and its time for a new pair.
- From our experience, once you find a brand that is comfortable, try to stick with that brand. No two feet are alike! So, finding what fits you the best is important.