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Pamper your Feet with Proper Footwear

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by Kingsway Health No Comments

Pamper Your Feet with Proper Footwear

 

Qualities a Shoe should have for a Pronator?

Ideally, for a person who over-pronates (arch falls inward) choose a shoe that has:

  • Laces
  • Closed backs
  • A strong support around the heel
  • A dense mid-sole
  • Less than 12 months of wear
  • Can fit custom orthotics.

Qualities a Shoe should have for a Supinator?

Ideally, for a person suffering who over-supination (walks on outer surface of foot) chooses a shoe that has:

  • A lot of cushioning and shock absorption
  • A lightweight, flexible midsole
  • Arch support

Avoid athletic shoes with “motion control” or stabilizing features, medial arch support, and hard midsoles — all of which can make supination worse.

Women who want to wear heels can minimize their discomfort and chance for injury by following a few simple rules:

  • Stick to a wedge, rather than a stiletto. The wider heel offers better support for ankles.
  • Limit heel height to no more than 2 inches.
  • Avoid shoes with very pointy toes. Instead, choose shoes with rounded or square toe boxes that provide plenty of room for your toes. If you can’t wiggle your toes in a pair of heels, they’re too tight and too pointy.
  • Wear your heels for just a few hours at a time. Consider carrying a pair of flats or even athletic shoes to switch into at lunch time or for your commute home at the end of the day.
  • If you experience pain in the lower back, neck or shoulder, look to your shoes. Heel height can cause changes in pelvic alignment, which can lead to pain in other areas of the body.
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