What you wear on your feet can really influence your body’s health or condition. This is because shoes influence our body’s posture. It is not only the ladies in heels who need to be worried, everyone should be worried.
Your shoes play a big role in keeping the rest of your body aligned properly. The problem that most people have is they rely on their shoes to correct whatever issue they have with their feet.
A lot of people don’t make this connection with the shoes they wear. It’s not just the ladies wearing high heels who need to watch out. The fellas need to pay more attention as well. I personally have experienced pain wearing anything that has a heel. Including running shoes. Yeah, it’s crazy to think that wearing running shoes would do that but if you think about it makes total sense. When it comes to dress shoes and a lot of nicer casual shoes, they typically have a pretty gnarly heel. This angle can throw off the rest of your body especially for me when it comes to having an issue with over extension (duck butt). The added height to my heel brings my center of gravity forward, forcing me into a more extended position as my pelvis tilts forward to try and correct the offset.
The body is connected to all its parts. When you are on the move, your ankle first feels it then your knees follow shortly after. So if you do not have the proper shoes on then ygour knees will get a lot of pressure.
Shoes play a big part in supporting our bodies. Our bodies are connected from head to toe. When you stride forward, you ankle takes the first impact, next are your knees, following your hips, lower back, etc. If you do not have shoes that will support and active lifestyle then you are not supporting your body. If you do not support your body then your knees will be one of the first areas to let you know. Every individual is different in the sense of what hurts and when but if you are starting to feel any discomfort then consider purchasing new shoes, it will benefit you and your body will thank you!
Researchers at Rush Medical College evaluated the impact of wearing different shoes when walking on knee stress in patients with knee arthritis. They published findings in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism in 2008. In that study, they compared knee stress when wearing a self-chosen comfortable walking shoe, specialized stability shoes, and shoes engineered to be close to barefoot walking. The self-chosen shoes includes sneakers and loafers. Knee stress was greater when wearing either the self-chosen walking shoes or the specialized stability shoes compared with barefoot walking. Knee stress was lowest when wearing shoes that mimicked barefoot walking.
We are all prone to making mistakes that cost us a lot. If you need sneakers or any other type of shoe, do not approach the issue lightly. Your body’s fitness depends on it. Let the shop attendants help you and if you can bring your old pair of shoes with you.
Let the pros help you. It’s amazing what a free in-store session with a pro can do. Some shops (like Road Runner Sports) can do an in-depth gait analysis—some go so far as to videotape your feet while you run or walk on a treadmill—to identify a shoe that will offer you the perfect amount of support and cushion. To help narrow down your search, carry along our list of the best walking shoes and running shoes, and work with the pro to find which one is just right for you.
- Bring your old kicks with you. “The wear patterns on the sole of your old workout shoes offer many clues as to how your foot strikes the ground, which can help us determine the type of shoe that will fit you best,” says Margaret Buehler, senior sales associate and expert shoe fitter at Fleet Feet Sports Chicago.
- Don’t be silly about sizing. Running shoes often run about a size smaller than flats or heels, says Buehler. So if you’re normally a size 8, don’t be afraid to try on a 9.