Worst Shoes for Your Feet

Supportive shoes can prevent ankle, knee, hip, and back pain if worn regularly. Finding the right shoes is an investment in your future as nobody wants to struggle with the pain caused by unsupportive footwear. Your feet are the foundational support for your entire body, so supportive shoes are key. Below are some of the worst shoes for your feet that you should avoid at all costs.

Avoid These Shoes

Fashion is fun, but it’s likely not worth the pain later. The following shoes will wreak havoc on your body:

High Heels:

It is almost common sense that heels are some of the worst shoes for your feet. Heels change the alignment of your body and put major stress on your legs, hips, and back. Wearing heels regularly can even cause your Achilles tendon to tighten and shorten. They also put more pressure on the balls of your feet, impacting the natural padding in your feet. Avoid wearing heels if possible, as they can have a lasting impact on your body.

Platforms:

Similar to heels, platforms can cause a lot of issues and lead to major hip and back pain. They also put you at a much higher risk for rolling your ankle, which can cause even more problems.

Ballet Flats:

These provide very little support and cushion for your feet. They also have zero arch support, which can lead to plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is caused by the excessive pulling on the plantar fascia, an important arch-supporting ligament. This can cause pain and inflammation in your heels. Opt for a more supportive shoe or use sole inserts to compensate for the lack of support.

Flip Flops:

Similar to flats, flip flops provide zero support. In addition to plantar fasciitis, you can develop Achilles tendinitis, bone spurs, and even hammertoe. Poor mechanics cause tendinitis in the foot, which leads to overstretching of the tendon. Other types of supportive sandals can provide you with the free feel of flip flops.

Pointed-Toe Shoes:

High heels or flats with pointed toes negatively impact the mechanics of your toes. If worn consistently, pointed-toe shoes can cause your toes to permanently curl under. This requires medical intervention, so choose shoes that allow your toes to rest naturally.

Flexible Shoes:

If you can bend or twist your shoes easily, they will not support your feet, ankles, or arch. Try and avoid shoes that can bend in half altogether if possible.

Podiatrist Approved Footwear and Tips

  • Sneakers: Athletic shoes that fit your arch are the most supportive option when it comes to footwear. Most sneakers last about 500 miles (or roughly six months), so be sure you don’t continue wearing them after they’re worn out. You risk injuring yourself if you do so.
  • Wedges: If you are truly focused on wearing shoes that give you some height, consider low wedges. You shouldn’t go higher than 1.5 inches as it can impact the mechanics of your gate and put pressure on your knees, hips, and back.

You should rotate what shoes you wear every few days. Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes for more than four days in a row. Alternate your footwear as much as possible. You should also wear very supportive footwear if you know you will be standing or moving for a long time.

 

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How to Prevent Blisters While Running

For those who are avid runners or just starting out, nothing can halt your progress like a blister. Dealing with blisters can be painful and extremely uncomfortable. The best thing you can do for your feet is to try and prevent blisters before they cause you any problems. In the case that you can’t, there are ways to treat blisters once you have them.

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What is a Blister?

Blisters are small, fluid-filled bubbles on the outer layers of your skin. Most blisters occur due to friction. They arise when something continuously rubs up against your skin. Blisters are wounds that take time to heal and properly caring for them is important.

The best thing you can do for your feet is to prevent these painful skin irritations. Below you will find some helpful prevention methods to keep your feet prepped and ready for your next run!

  1. Socks: Blisters are a response to friction. With that, wear socks that are breathable like nylon. Stay away from cotton as it can absorb any moisture and cause more friction between your sock and skin. Some runners will even double up on their socks. The socks then rub against one another versus your foot.
  2. Powders or Creams: There are special creams and powders that address friction and prevent blisters. If you have a spot on your foot that you know is going to cause you issues again, try an over-the-counter treatment. You can use foot powder, cream, or even Vaseline if you are in a pinch.
  3. Footwear: Because blisters are caused by friction, ill-fitting shoes, excessive moisture, or even the wrong socks can sabotage your running goals. Find the right footwear for your running goals. You’ll need something that is breathable to minimize moisture. You will also need shoes that fit well. If your shoes are too tight or too loose, you will run into problems with blisters due to unnecessary friction.
  4. Tapes: Similar to the powder or cream prevention method, tape can also help prevent blisters. For those areas on your feet prone to blisters, use moleskin or a specialized blister tape. There are some products on the market that are even water-resistant so they will protect you no matter how much moisture accumulates while you are running.
  5. Hydration: Keep your feet moisturized. Use lotion after you shower and be sure you don’t have any cracks or excessive dryness. This will worsen the friction and cause painful blisters.

Treating Blisters

If you weren’t able to prevent a blister, you’ll need to care for it safely and properly. Below you will find some helpful tips on how to treat your blister.

  1. Leave It: If possible and practicable, leave your blister alone. Many smaller blisters will heal on their own. If you got the blister from a certain pair of shoes or running, try the prevention methods above next time.
  2. Protect It: Blisters on your feet will likely need protection. You can use a band-aid or cut out a cushioned piece of moleskin. Place the cutout portion where the blister is so that the padding can cushion any pressure that would have directly impacted the blister. Make sure to allow airflow as your blister will need it to heal.
  3. Drain It: If your blister is really painful or filled with a lot of liquid, it’ll likely need to be drained. While this can be done at home, there are risks. When draining a blister there is a major risk for infection as you will be puncturing the skin on your own. If you think you need to drain your blister, contact a professional for advice before doing anything yourself.

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What Your Shoe Fit Says About Your Health

Most of us have a pair of shoes we wear on a regular basis. A beloved pair of flats or perhaps our most comfortable tennis shoes. We all know the sadness of when that perfect pair begins to show its age. You might notice they are looser or lean to one side. The patterns of wear on the bottom of your shoes actually provide important information regarding your gait, which can affect your comfort and general health. How should your shoes fit?

According to the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, shoe fit is an important indicator of the user’s biomechanics. Ideally, wear is relatively symmetrical, with a very slight increase on the inside edge of the sole. A dramatic shift of wear towards the inside of the sole is indicative of pronation, meaning more weight is placed on the inside edge of the foot when it strikes the ground. The opposite pattern is known as supination.

Effects of Improper Shoe Fit

Both supination and pronation are typically linked to genetic factors, such as a difference in leg length. Wearing footwear without proper support can also be a contributing factor. These conditions are relatively common, but both gait patterns can cause problems if they become excessive. Medical News Today states that both supination and pronation cause an increase in stress at the ankle, increasing the likeliness of pain and injury. As a result, it is important to identify and address irregularities in your gait.

Shoe Fit Beyond the Feet

In addition to increased ankle stress, the irregularity of either walking pattern can have a domino effect that can alter overall posture and lead to discomfort in the knees, hips, and back. One scientific study published by Oxford journal’s Rheumatology found that although supination showed no strong correlation with lower back pain, pronation did, especially in female subjects. By contrast, subjects with supination were more likely to exhibit localized issues. This includes but is not limited to hammertoes, shin splints, and stress fractures.

Foot Treatment

Fortunately, both irregular gait conditions can usually be treated with proper care. Reid Health notes that choosing appropriate footwear and purchasing a rigid orthotic insole are great ways to address gait irregularity because the structure of the shoe and insole help maintain the spatial relationship between the foot and the ankle by realigning the subtalar joint. However, there are some cases where foot surgery may be necessary to correct the problem.

For these cases, Jamfeet in Beverly Hills offers a wide variety of options for addressing both pronation and supination as well as the conditions that often accompany them. Doctors Jamshidinia, Alfandari, and Khademi are highly experienced podiatrists licensed by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Their countless five-star testimonials speak to their experience and professionalism in regard to the feet that keep us moving.

How to Choose the Right Hiking Boots

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How to Choose the Right Hiking Boots

Shoes are designed for specific activities in order to provide the necessary support, fit, and surface to best manage the activity. If you are going hiking, it is extremely important to have the right hiking boots in order to prevent injury and provide your feet the proper support they need to navigate the terrain.

What Kind of Hiking Will You Be Doing?

There are different types of hiking boots for different types of hiking. Hiking boots are usually broken down into the following three categories:

Light Hiking Shoes. These hiking boots look similar to running shoes, but typically have a sturdier exterior. They are perfect for light hiking and are considerably lighter than other hiking boots, which make them ideal for long-distance backpackers.

Backpacking Boots. Backpacking boots are made for the more intense hiker that intends on hiking for multiple days, both on or off the trails. They contain a stiff sole and are made with materials to handle just about any condition.

Mountain Boots. These hiking boots are for those hiking through rocky terrain, snow, or glacial trails. They are built with water-resistant materials and can handle some of the toughest terrain out there.

In addition to determining what kind of boots you need for the type of hiking you will be doing, paying attention to the material the boots are made out of is important as well. Some boots are made of synthetic materials, which are lighter and less water-resistant. Other hiking boots are made from what is known as split-grain leather, which is half leather and half synthetic materials. While very breathable, it is not as water-resistant as full-grain leather. Full-grain leather is best for mountain boots and provides the perfect durable material for the rigorous hiker. However, full-grain leather is not as breathable and can leave your feet feeling very hot and uncomfortable.

Finding the Right Fit

First and foremost, it is important that you find the right fit for your hiking boots. Wearing shoes of any kind in the wrong size can wreak havoc on your feet. Shoes that are too small or too tight can cause a number of problems, including but not limited to, blisters, bunions, hammer toes, corns, and ingrown toenails. For hiking, it is helpful to have thicker socks to help protect your feet. Additionally, your feet may be susceptible to swelling due to the intensity of hiking or weather conditions. As a result, it is best to buy hiking boots that are a half-size larger than the measurement of your feet. When purchasing hiking boots, speak with a sales associate that can measure your foot and make sure to accurately determine your size. You should have ample wiggle room near your toes for the best fit during hiking.

Some tips for when getting fitted for hiking boots:

• Get fitted later in the day, when your feet may have some natural swelling from the day.
• Wear similar (or the same) type of socks you intend to wear while hiking.
• Measure both feet, since sometimes your feet may vary in size.
• Check for appropriate fit while standing up as well.

Finding the Right Cut

In addition to finding the right fit, the cut of the hiking boots is critical. Depending on the kind of hiking that you are doing, your feet and ankle will need more or less support. The lower-cut boots are perfect for flatter and less rigorous trails. The mid-cut and high-cut hiking boots are better for offering better ankle support for the adventurous hiker that wishes to take things off the trail and through rocky terrain.

Hiking is an activity that is not an activity that should not be done without proper preparation, particularly when it comes to footwear. Utilizing the above strategies to select the right hiking boots will help avoid injuries that can come from improper footwear.

Foot Surgery in Los Angeles

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