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The Importance of Proper Footwear

The Importance of Proper Footwear

Your feet are important, work hard and are often the most ignored part of your body. Throbbing feet are often considered a sign of a long day of hard work, and we usually just accept that as inevitable. But what if we told you that your muscle and joint pains could all be coming from those tired and throbbing feet because of improper shoe choices. To stop the unnecessary aches and pains, and get the support your body deserves, here’s what you need to know.

Finding The Right Shoes For The Job

Whether you are heading to the gym or for a long day at a physically-demanding job, what shoes you wear matters. Supportive work shoes can take pressure off your back and spine, and make long days on your feet a bit less uncomfortable.

When it comes to picking out footwear for athletic activities, there are running shoes, walking shoes, and more; but the key to choosing the right one for you is to select the one that matches the activity you do the most. Don’t forget to try them on with the proper socks, too.

Protecting Your Feet and More

Tight, narrow, and improper shoe wear can lead to bunions or make them worse. Not only that, a lot of unnecessary injuries can occur or worsen from the wrong shoe choices, such as corns, ankle strains, and fractures.

Replacing Your Shoes

Having the right shoes is one thing, but keeping them until they have holes in them is another. Shoes wear down, and the support begins to lack as that happens. If you’ve recently lost a significant amount of weight, your stance can change, and your old shoes could be worn out on the sides, not giving you the support you need. It’s best to always replace shoes with any signs of wearing in the soles or speak to your doctor about the best support for you.

Experience Better Comfort

Not only can you prevent damage and injury to your feet, but you can also live a life foot pain-free. It’s best to try on shoes in the afternoon or evening and be sure to stand and walk around with them a bit. A properly-fitting pair will leave about a half inch between the toe and tip of the shoe, leaving you room to wiggle your toes with ease.

If you are living life with constant foot pain, Power River Orthopedics & Spine (PROS) is here to help in Gillette, Wyoming. We can evaluate your options, so you can rest assure that you get the best possible outcome and are back to your daily routine in no time.

To enjoy an active and healthy life at any age, call the PROS at 307.686.1413 or visit www.cchwyo.org/PROS to learn more.

PROS is a Campbell County Medical Group Clinic with Campbell County Health.