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Dangers that affect the whole body;
There is little to no dispute among medical experts about the dangers that are associated with wearing ‘bad’ shoes, more specifically high heels. Some of these dangers appear herein below thus;
Adopting unnatural body posture; The woman’s body will flex or bend the hips and the spine. As a result of this unnatural posture the calf, hip, and back muscles become tense which lead to excess fatigue and strain.
Damage to the spine; Wearing high heels cause lumbar spine flattening and the posterior displacement of the head and thoracic spine.
Damage to the spinal cord nerves; Several medical conditions that are symptomatic of nerve damage may occur. The symptoms include, but are not limited to the following; shooting pains, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, spasms, cramping, and the pain that goes down the buttocks to the legs. A Good Shoe.
There are many characteristics of a Good Shoe as such what appears below is not exhaustive.
A low or a flat heel.
Good arch support.
A rounded toe with sufficient space for the toes to move around.
No internal seams that keep irritating the feet.
The shoe must ‘breathe’ once the feet sweats.
The higher the price, the more comfortable and suitable the shoes tend to become. This however may differ from situation to situation. The principle is simply that-be willing to pay for quality.
Are the soles strong enough to provide protection from dangers, do the soles have cushioning?
A shoe whose shape and width are almost similar to the type of your feet. A shoe that has a firm fastening device to ensure that the foot is kept stable instead of moving from one direction to another.
A shoe that feels comfortable when you fit it.
Important tips when dealing with shoes;
Measure your feet regularly. Every time that you consider buying a new shoe you must have the salesman measure both your feet before buying. This is because feet do grow in length and width even if one has fully grown in terms of age. Sometimes the feet are not exactly of the same size meaning that you must buy a shoe that fits the largest foot of the two.
Shop for shoes in the late afternoon. This is because feet tend to swell to about 10-15% in the late afternoon. Moreover you must wear the socks of the same size that you will use that particular shoe with as the socks are of different sizes which may cause discomfort.
Stand in the shoes when shopping, and walk around. As you fit in the shoes you must stand in them and feel how they feel. Walk around to feel its grip and the levels of comfort and / or discomfort. If you feel discomfort, discharge it and look for another shoe. Avoid buying shoes that are made of cheap materials like plastic and the like. Avoid making shoes multitasked-one size fits all; There are different shoes that serve different purposes. Some purposes include shoes for walking, running, playing sports, field sports shoes, and many more. Use the correct shoe for a correct purpose.
In the event that it is necessary to wear high heels, avoid wearing them for long periods of time. Stretch leg muscles before and after putting them on. Carry a spare shoe in case the high heel starts to ‘burn’ your foot. Buy a wide variety of shoes and vary the footwear almost every second day.
If possible avoid buying second hand shoes. There are many dangers that are associated with this practice. You may contract infection that may have affected the previous shoe owner. This is because the internal part of the shoe does not usually get cleaned thoroughly nor at all hence any infection on the foot of the previous owner may multiply and remain on the shoe for longtime ‘waiting’ for a second owner to come by. If you anticipate or actually feel discomfort in your feet you must seek medical help at the earliest possible stage before the problem complicates. This is so obvious but is always ignored to such an extent that there have been amputations of toes in certain cases which had developed medical conditions that could no longer be cured. Some of these medical conditions had started as simple pain which was ignored by the woman concerned. In our last issue we will deal with some of the most important matters that affect women’s shoes and feet.