Tuesday, April 24, 2012

How To Prevent Health Issues Due To Improperly Fitting Shoes

One of the most important aspects of health is also the most overlooked by most people. How you walk, and how your feet fit inside your shoes can have a dramatic impact on your health. From spinal problems to problems with internal organs, and improper fitting pair of shoes can be absolutely devastating.

Fortunately, there are a couple of extremely easy and quick steps you can take to dramatically decrease any chance you'll buy poor fitting shoes again. When your shoes fit properly, you'll suffer much less back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain. You'll stand taller, and sleep better at night. When you finish reading this article, you'll know exactly what to do.

One of the most important things to consider is the proper length of your shoe. Many people try on shoes and base their decisions on how they feel, rather than any objective reasons. A shoe that is too short can cramp the metatarsal bones, which can lead to all kinds of other health problems, such as back pain and hip pain, as you will naturally compensate by changing the way you walk.

The surest way to make sure your shoes are long enough is to make a measuring rod. Place your foot on a sheet of paper, and trace around your foot. Then create a rod, from any flat piece of wood, that is at least a half inch longer than your foot outline. When trying on shoes, make sure to insert your measuring rod inside the shoe. If it fits without bending, then the shoe is long enough.

The second important thing is width. Shoes that are too narrow can cramp your metatarsal bones, causing all kinds of problems. Many people don't consider show width when buying shoes. You can check for width the same way as you did for length. Create an measuring rod that is at least a quarter inch longer than the width of your bare foot. Insert his measuring rod in the shoe to check if it is wide enough.

Lastly, you need to make sure you have adequate arch support. As long as your shoes are long enough, and wide enough, you can buy plenty of commercially available arch support inserts. These can do a great job to give you additional support, and decrease any lower back pain you may have been experiencing. If you can afford it, have an arch support custom made by an podiatrist, as these will last much longer than those off the shelf.

When you take these simple extra steps, you can notice a dramatic increase in your health and well being. You'll stand taller, sleep better, and experience more comfort when standing or walking.

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