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Your feet should never hurt! Though most people have simply accepted foot pain as a part of their lives, discomfort is usually a sign that something isn’t right. READ MORE
Feet are designed to support the body through practically any activity so, if your feet ache at the end of the day, or if there’s one area of your feet that gives you trouble, chances are your body is trying to send you a message. Let’s have a look at a couple of the common causes of mild to moderate foot pain
Experts agree that when the feet hurt, the number-one culprit is often poorly fitting shoes. The human foot is able to adapt to uneven terrain however, most people today find themselves walking on one kind of surface: hard and flat. Unfortunately, human feet don’t do very well on this type of surface. To make matters worse, shoes are poorly designed to support the arches against these conditions. READ MORE
In fact, most shoes are only fit by shoe size, which is the length of the foot from the heel to the end of the longest toe. In actuality, there are a few things to consider when fitting the foot for footwear:
Most shoes only fit your foot length. Some shoes take your foot width into account but no shoe can accurately fit your arch size. While some shoes may include “arch support inserts,” those inserts likely have not been measured to your arch. This is why Good Feet Certified Arch Support Fitters are trained to take specific measurements to personally fit you for our arch supports.
If your feet hurt, you may just be experiencing the side-effects of years of wearing ill-fitting shoes. When was the last time you had your foot measured by a professional? In the meantime, you may be wearing shoes that are slightly too large, too small, too wide, or too narrow. You also may be wearing shoes that aren’t supportive enough or shoes that are inappropriate for the kinds of activities you do.
Stop by your local Good Feet store and allow a Certified Arch Support Fitter to give you a free consultation to evaluate which shoes and/or arch support products are appropriate for your lifestyle and activities.
Hard surfaces are never good for the feet. In fact, this can affect the rest of the body leading to pain in the knees, hips and even back. The feet adapt best to surfaces that fill the shape of the arch, such as sand, silt, mud or grass. READ MORE
Unfortunately, not many of us get the chance to walk on surfaces that are good for our feet anymore. Most people make a living walking and standing on tile, concrete, wood, or dense carpet. Over time, this puts immense strain on the feet!
Your muscles, tendons and ligaments of the foot try their best to keep the shape of your arches, but if you’re spending too much time on flat surfaces, eventually the pressure of your body weight can cause the arches to flatten. As the arches flatten, the muscles can gradually become weaker, and unable to support the feet or the body. This means that the delicate tendons and ligaments in your feet gradually stretch and pull too much, as they pull together to keep your arch intact!
Everyone knows that walking on hard surfaces can make your feet hurt, but most people assume that your feet can get used to it after a while. Unfortunately, the opposite is true; if you keep standing and walking on hard surfaces without arch supports, the gradual flattening of your arches can make the pain worse!
Good Feet® is a retail location and not a medical provider. We do not diagnose, prescribe or fill prescriptions. For serious health related issues, please consult a physician
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