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Secrets That Women Need to Know When Buying Shoes

July 19, 2016 / 3 comments, on Uncategorized

What’s the biggest secrets woman need to know about making their shoes comfortable for 2016? Women need to buy comfortable shoes that fit properly. This may be obvious to most, however many women who see a pair that is a “must have” buy whether it is their correct size or not.

Whatever the reason is to buy new shoes, do not jump just because there is a sale and the price is right. If the shoe is not comfortable at the shoe store, it will not be comfortable when it is worn for an event. On the other hand, buying expensive shoes will not always bring you comfort either.

The style/design, type of leather, whether it has enough cushioning or arch support all play a role in how comfortable that shoe will be. Shoes that have a steep pitch to them can actually force the ball of your foot straight down and can cause pain in the ball of your feet, legs and low back. Mostly all fashion footwear could use help in the comfort and support category.

There are 26 bones in each foot to accommodate comfortably and although your feet may look similar, they also can be different sizes and shapes. Always buy shoes for the longer foot and make sure there is at least a thumb’s width between the longest toe and the tip of the shoe. These 26 bones can cause rubbing in the wrong places, causing corns to form on the top of the toes or calluses to form on the ball of the foot.

If you are standing for long periods of time because of your work, wearing shoes that have a cushioned inner sole and outer sole can help take the pressure off your feet. Buying shoes with proper arch support is the most important thing that women should do, especially for work or if they are in sales and on their feet for a majority of the day. Most fashion footwear do not have adequate arch support built into the shoe, however there are over-the-counter arch products that can be stuck in the arch of any shoe to provide instant support and allow you to walk and stand happily ever after.

Many women complain of burning or a sharp localized pain on the ball of their foot when wearing high heels or any type of fashion footwear with a heel. When wearing those types of shoes, the ball of your foot is forced downward towards the ground and has to be able to handle the extra pressure.

It is commonly called metatarsalgia and is caused when the fat pad at the ball of the foot gets pushed away or is atrophied. This process forces the metatarsal heads, usually the second through fourth, to bear all the weight of the body without the protective and shock absorbing properties of the natural fat pad on the ball of the foot.

The reason women experience this type of discomfort is because of the increased amount of pressure now being placed on the bones and soft tissue at the ball of the foot resulting in an inflammatory process known as bursitis or periostitis.

Another phenomenon that occurs in that area is an increased thickening of skin known as callous formation, also due to the increased pressure or rubbing and friction that occurs on the ball of the foot when standing or walking. Initially this is a mechanism to immediately protect the ball of the foot, but it can also become too thick in that area and will eventually become painful.

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Size yourself up. You may think you know your size, but it’s best to get your feet measured each time you buy new shoes. Your feet change over time, and one model’s fit can be drastically different from another’s. You also want to have your fet measured later in the day, when they’re at their biggest. Many people end up getting a running shoe that’s a half size larger than their street shoes. The extra room allows your foot to flex and your toes to move forward with each stride. When you’re standing with both shoes on, make sure you have at least a thumbnail’s space between the tip of the shoe and the end of your longest toe. Try shoes on both feet and take them for a test run around the shop, on a treadmill, or on the sidewalk.

Bring what you’ve been wearing. When you go shopping, take along the shoes, socks, and any inserts that you’ve been using. That way you can make a realistic evaluation of how well the new shoe will fit your feet.

Keep up the rotation. Shoes should be replaced every 300 to 500 miles. Keep track of the date that you bought them in your training log.

Don’t be a trendsetter. There is a dizzying array of shoes to choose from, and it can be tempting to be wooed by a bargain-basement price, shoes that “look fast,” or a promise to cure an injury or help you lose weight. But there is no one best shoe for anyone. There is only one shoe that offers your feet the unique support and fit you need. Try on as many different models and pairs as possible. Don’t shop by price or by fashion. And what about those minimalist shoes designed to mimic barefoot running? There’s no scientific evidence that forgoing shoes decreases injury risk. When you’re just starting out, stick with traditional shoes.




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