Why the Wrong Shoes Are Doing You Damage

Posted on October 14, 2017


Life in the Boomer Lane loves shoes. Most of the shoes she loves have heels that are too high, too spindly, too ridiculous-looking for a woman her age. Hence, the search for fabulous shoes that have high heels, but are still comfortable, supportive, edgy, and make others swoon, “Where did you get those?”

LBL could easily write her own shoe blog, but she leaves this task to others. The following is a guest post from Sarah Jones, the writer at Kicks Choice. “She is a proponent of proper leg and foot health because she values the importance of the foundation of our bodies.”


If you are a slave to fashion or have had a knee, ankle or foot injury, then this is the article for you. The pursuit of beauty does not need to be painful. Aside from the obvious social blunders that can occur if you wear shoes that you are physically unable to walk in, there can be very serious medical consequences as well which is why Life in the Bloomer Lane wanted to share ways to solve this with you.
In the same way that our minds can incur damage, so can our feet when we mistreat them. This results in terrible afflictions such as bunions, calluses, hammertoe and plantar fasciitis, along with exasperating injuries within our legs, knees and lower back from the continual lack of support experienced with the poor shoes.
Also, shoes do not last forever and need to be replaced or have the soles redone around every six months depending on the sole thickness and the shoe condition.
These are especially serious if you have had a knee injury in the past, wearing shoes that provide poor support can cause the continual wearing down of the kneecap. Eventually, you may damage the actual knee joint itself – other causes could be incorrect stride for example.
Therefore when wearing shoes that provide poor support, such as flip-flops, high heels, ballet flats, and other flat shoes, make sure that the sole has is not worn out or thinned down. These types of shoe damage offers little to no support for the knee and feet whatsoever. So to avoid a knee injury, which you most certainly do not want, be best thing to do is practice good shoe etiquette.
Shoe Shopping Tips
Wearing comfortable, supportive shoes does not mean having to rock the same pair as everyone else. According to the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, you can still be stylish and supported if you just follow these tips.
Make sure to have your feet measured, do not be obsessed with the number in the shoes, it is all about the shape of your feet and how they feel in the shoe. Make sure to choose fabrics that are breathable, and that will not encourage skin irritations, a good example would be leather shoes of any kind.
Another thing to look for when shoe shopping is to make sure that your feet have sufficient room within the shoe and that none of your toes, your heel or the front part of your foot are being suffocated, pinched or hurt while you are walking or standing still in the shoes.
A further point to remember with shoes, is that you shouldn’t buy shoes that are far too small for you and hope that through the continual use of them that they will eventually stretch and fit your feet. Not only will this cause you to walk poorly, but this will put additional strain on your feet which is the last thing you want if you are hoping to look after them instead.
Therefore, when you are next shoe shopping be sure to keep your mind and try on the shoes before you commit to them, after all, you’re going to have your feet for much longer than you will those heels.

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