How Shoes Change Feet



Did you know shoes can change your feet? The way we wear our shoes can drastically change our foot shape and can even lead to foot problems. Unsurprising, women are up to four times more likely to suffer from foot problems than men, and high heels are usually the culprit. Some common foot injuries caused by heels include:

  • The “Pump Bump”: Also called Haglund's Deformity, this is a deformation of the heel bone where a knob forms on the back of the foot where the strap of high heels usually rests.
  • Chronic Foot Pain: Lack of arch support and heel support can lead to various complications, including Plantar Fasciitis which is inflammation of the plantar fascia or Heel Spurs, which are tiny bone growths under the heel.
  • Big Toe Problems: Narrow toe shoes can lead to Hammertoes while lack of wiggle room, or volume in the toe of shoes can cause Bunions, both of which can be painful toe deformities.
  • Shorter Calf Muscles: Wearing high heeled shoes can shorten your calf muscles over time. What this means for you is calf pain and pulling when you wear flat shoes that do not make you walk on your toes.

We decided to do a little more research and share an infographic about how shoes are changing our feet. During the process, we learned some fascinating tidbits of information such as:

  • The oldest known shoe in existence is over 5,500 years old and is made of leather and looks similar to a moccasin. But, there is evidence that people regularly wore shoes as far back as 40,000 years ago.
  • Archaeologists can actually identify whether or not an ancient person wore shoes based on the thickness of their toe bones. The thinner the toe bones, the more likely they regularly wore shoes. In fact, a 40,000 year old human fossil showed delicate toe bones, suggesting habitual shoe wearing. Thicker toe bones indicate that the person went barefoot more often.

Learn more about how shoes are continuing to change humankind with our infographic below.



How Shoes Change Feet Infographic

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