Your feet have the big job of supporting your body weight and sustaining the impact of standing, walking, running, and everything else you do throughout the day. They’re complex body parts comprised of 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
When your feet don’t get the support they need, it can lead to issues like blisters, bunions (bony bumps where your big toes connect to your feet), and hammertoes (when your toes become permanently bent due to pressure and look, unsurprisingly, like hammers). Improper support can also cause pain beyond your feet, like in your knees or back, as other parts of your body have to overcompensate.
The average person walks 245-292 kilometers in a year. That’s why it’s crucial to find a perfect pair of shoes that won’t damage your feet. Being fashionable is cool, but being healthy is way cooler.
We found that there are 6 Types And 8 Mistakes of Choosing Shoes That Can Do Too Much Damage to Your Body.
Platform shoes ruin the mechanism of walking.
Platform shoes are not flexible and have rigid foot beds. Our legs need more forgiving shoes because our feet need to be able to bend in a certain way. Shoes should repeat and reinforce the movement of the feet and these actually do the opposite, going completely against the mechanism of walking. So it’s better to not wear platforms very often.
You choose your workout or running shoes based on appearance.
Don’t just buy sneakers based on how they look or because a fitness Instagrammer you love swears by them. “Picking the right performance shoe should be a strategic process,” women’s fitness specialist and certified personal trainer Andia Winslow said. Even going with a model you’ve always loved could lead you astray, since the shoe’s design may have changed in a way you don’t realize, she says.
When you need new sneakers, Winslow recommends going to a speciality running or workout shoe store and speaking with a specialist. You’ll need to factor in things like the type of exercise you’ll be doing—running over 25 miles on cement each week is very different from doing HIIT classes a few times a week, Winslow points out.
If it’s financially feasible, consider having different kinds of sneakers for the workouts you do most often. While this might seem like the shoe industry’s way of getting you to shop more, it’s actually legit. “Tennis, basketball, and dance shoes are made with lateral support in mind because of the side-to-side motions of the sport,” Sutera says. Running and walking shoes are made with forward motion as the top priority. “Wearing a running shoe for tennis, or vice versa, can encourage [injuries] like sprains,” Sutera says.