Women with foot diseases very often come to orthopedic doctors. Men with similar problems are treated much less frequently. What is it connected with? Firstly, a man’s feet are stronger, they are not so easy to injure or damage with the wrong shoes. Secondly, women are much more likely to wear uncomfortable shoes for the sake of beauty. They tolerate pain, do not pay attention to bruises, swelling, cramps and leg fatigue. But is beauty really worth the sacrifice? After all, for today’s attractiveness tomorrow you can pay with your own health! Some types of shoes damage not only the feet, but also the knees and spine. Many diseases acquired through the fault of uncomfortable shoes require surgical treatment. Thus, the right choice of shoes is very important for maintaining the health and beauty of the feet. By “correct” in this case it is meant that convenience and practicality will be put higher than appearance.
Here are 5 types of shoes that should be worn as little as possible:
1. High heels
Such shoes are considered very beautiful and feminine. It goes well with both evening dresses and business style. Many people wear high heels to work. This is fraught with a huge number of negative health consequences. In such shoes, the woman’s foot feels extremely uncomfortable. Nature does not provide that the main load exerted by body weight falls on the fingers.
The main disadvantages of such shoes:
- the foot is in an unnatural position;
- a woman in high-heeled shoes is not stable, she may fall and get injured;
- often there are dislocations of the ankle;
- the load on the spine increases, in particular on its lumbar region, therefore, after a few years, an increase in lordosis (lumbar bend) is possible;
- over time, a special gait is formed with a pelvis protruding backward;
- osteochondrosis may develop.
With frequent wearing of such shoes, sooner or later there may come a moment when the heel gets stuck in the gap or breaks. It is good if at this moment there is no hot kettle or something breaking in the hands, as this causes additional damage from burns or splinters. But the fall itself is very unpleasant. It can result in a broken bone, a dislocated joint, or a traumatic brain injury.
You can wear high heels from time to time. Just don’t do it too often. It is advisable to wear them no more than 2-3 times a week. The time during which you wear such shoes should be limited to a minimum.
2. Platform shoes
It would seem that the platform is a safe replacement for high heels. She will never break, does not overload the fingers of a woman so much. At the same time, the platform also allows you to look taller than your real height and adds harmony to your legs.
But in reality, such shoes also have a number of disadvantages, namely:
- the sole is too thick, which limits the ability to receive “feedback” from the surface on which you walk;
- insufficient stability (it is higher than high-heeled shoes, but lower than most other types of shoes);
- shifts the center of gravity of the body, so it can cause problems with the spine;
- violates the biomechanics of the foot (part of the load passes to the muscles of the lower leg, therefore, with prolonged wear, the muscles of the foot may weaken);
- shoes are often heavy due to the massive sole, therefore, in the warm season, the legs quickly get tired and swell because of it;
- due to the large thickness of the sole, the shoes do not bend, so the physiological movements of the foot during walking are impossible.
Don’t wear platform shoes too often. Wear it only when the weather permits. In rain, snow, ice, it does not need to be used. A woman in such shoes does not feel well the surface on which she walks, which is why the risk of falling increases many times over.
Thick soles are bad. But too thin is also not good! The sole protects our feet from traumatic factors and provides cushioning. Thus, it ensures the safety of not only the foot itself, but also the knees, hip joints, and spine.
While walking, a person constantly experiences a certain shock load. It increases with:
- large body weight;
- fast walking, running or jumping;
- hard surface (on asphalt, the shock load is greater than on grass, sand or rubber);
- too thin sole.
That is why when wearing ballet shoes for a long time, pain in the legs, knee joints and spine appears. Irreversible degenerative changes in cartilage are possible, due to which osteoarthritis develops.
Other problems that may arise when wearing ballet flats:
- there are no relief pads and arch support, so a woman may have problems with posture and deformity of the feet;
- increased risk of clubfoot;
- ballet flats are not fastened with laces or rubber bands, therefore they do not hold well on the foot – the woman tightens her fingers and acquires a shuffling gait;
- leg muscles are constantly tense, so they can hurt at the end of the day;
- often rubbed calluses on the feet.
Like ballet shoes, they force a woman to curl her fingers. Otherwise, the flip-flops fly off or slam loudly on the heel. You can trip and fall through them. In addition, flip-flops often rub fingers. Therefore, you should rarely wear them: only to the beach, or if you need to run away for a short time to a store that is located near the house.
5. Narrow toe
The main problem with such shoes is that they cause the appearance of “bones” on the foot. It is the first metatarsophalangeal joint curved to the side. The disease progresses slowly, gradually. From time to time it becomes aggravated and causes wild pains in the “bone” due to the inflammatory process. Pathology is treated only surgically. Avoid hazardous footwear whenever possible. Put practicality above visual appeal and you can avoid many problems.
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