Over two-thirds of Americans live with foot pain, making it one of the most common health problems in the country. Fortunately, most people with foot pain can find relief! It only takes a little knowledge, a bit of TLC and, more often than not, a sturdy pair of shoes. Of these ailments, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, morton neuroma, hallux rigidus and gout are among the most common. Each causes discomfort and pain, but they can often be treated and prevented with a few simple steps.
Many of these problems can be prevented by wearing comfortable shoes. But what does it mean for a shoe to be comfortable? For people who stand all day, such as restaurant hosts, nurses or auto mechanics, a comfortable shoe will keep their feet pain free, even after working a double shift. The shoe should fit snuggly, but not pinch or cramp. The front of the shoe should allow for some movement of the toes, but not so much that they slide forward while walking. When tied properly, the shoe should feel more like an extension of the body rather than an article of clothing.
Some of these ailments may be caused by wearing improper footwear. Shoes without any support can be very harmful to the ligaments in the bottom of your foot, for instance. Wearing a flimsy shoe such as flip-flops isn’t much better than walking around bare foot. They might look cute, but they’re not doing you any favors. This concept is even more important when it comes to safety shoes. A good fit combined with comfort and a slip-resistant sole is ideal for people who work on their feet. They will stay comfortable while decreasing the likelihood of a slip-and-fall accident.