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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.

Soft ma­te­ri­als.

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.

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