Feet Slowing You Down?

December 10th, 2013 by Will Humble Leave a reply »

The health of your feet is probably one of the most underappreciated yet important keys to your overall health. Each foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and associated tendons – all taking tremendous pounding over the years. It’s estimated that 75% of Americans will experience foot problems in their lifetime. While both men and women suffer from foot problems, it’s commonly cited by experts that women are more likely than men to have foot problems. 

According to the American Osteopathic Association, high heels are one of the biggest factors leading to foot problems in women, with up to 1/3 suffering permanent problems because of constant wearing of high heels. A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that high heels can permanently change the way you walk (even without heels) and put you at greater risk for strain injuries. Chronic heel use can also result in ingrown toenails, nerve damage, bunions and irreversible leg tendon damage. The increased weight on your toes makes your body to move forward making you lean backwards and overarch your back, straining your knees, hips, and lower back possibly resulting in sciatica. 

Don’t let yourself get sidelined from physical activity because of preventable foot problems. For example, a bunion surgery can take 6 weeks to 6 months of recovery time. The National Foot Health Assessment survey showed that the percent of adults participating in physical activity is reduced almost in half if their foot health is rated fair/poor. 

Here are some helpful hints I found from the American Osteopathic Association to minimize the health risks from chronic heel-use: 

  • Choose shorter heels or flats more often. If you wear heels, pick ones that are less than 1.5 inches with a wide heel base;
  • Use insoles to reduce the impact on your knees;
  • Make sure your shoes are the right size so your foot doesn’t slide forward- which will put even more pressure on your toes. Pick a shoe with a wide enough toe box to let your toes wiggle;
  • Limit wearing heels on days when your schedule will include lots of walking or standing;
  • Alternate your shoe. Avoid wearing high heels all day by wearing flats during commute times; and
  • Take time every day to stretch your calf muscles and feet. 

Check out this slideshow on the worst shoes for your feet.

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17 comments

  1. L Smith says:

    Human body is a complex system but I never knew that foot contains so much complexity. As per the report, high heels cause lots of problems but what about flat souls like the Converse sneakers. Whenever I wear these, I feel pain so I need to use gel based padding in them.

    I am 33 right now so can I sprint as per my exercising schedule or should I start jogging or brisk walking to avoid any injury in future.

  2. ‘high heels are one of the biggest factors leading to foot problems in women, with up to 1/3 suffering permanent problems because of constant wearing of high heels.’

    Now that is very interesting. I always wondered the affect that these awful shows could have on women’s feet.

    I think I will be telling my partner about this pronto!

    Thanks.

    Eben

  3. Hi, Thank you for sharing tips that you found from the American Osteopathic Association to minimize the health risks from chronic heel-use.

  4. Vimax Asli says:

    Thank you for sharing in this article
    I can learn a lot and could also be a reference
    I hope to read the next your article updates

  5. Jennifer says:

    Special shoes might help with this kind of issues. High heel is definitely is an issue for some people.

  6. Olga says:

    My doctor recommended me gel insoles and they seem to work for me. Have to wear heels but don’t want to damage my health. Hope it helps.

  7. This article give me an idea how to take care of my feet. I usually ware high-heel and when the time pasted, i’ve got pain, thks for tips about how to take care my health.

  8. Greetings admin
    I like your topic, after reading your article very helpful at all and can be a source of reference
    I hope others can feel the same benefits as me
    I will wait for your next article updates
    Thank you, for sharingobat

  9. VIMAX says:

    thanks you, is article inspiration for me, aim waiting next article

  10. Obat aborsi says:

    I love this article, it is very nice and helpful, I wait for the next update

  11. thank you very useful article content

  12. Mery says:

    Hi everyone
    Great article and I apriciate that you opened and talked about this theme. Most of girls don’t know about problems they can have by wearing high hells. (Visit)

  13. nice article… thank’s you
    i’m wait to the next articel

  14. Stroll Mich says:

    Now I can boldly say that I’ll be taking good care of my feet because your information is well understood. Thank you Will Humble.

  15. Great article and I apriciate that you opened and talked about this theme. Most of girls don’t know about problems they can have by wearing high hells

  16. Lisa.G says:

    These tips from American Osteopathic Association is really helpful to reduce the health risks of chronic heel-use.

    Thanks for sharing

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