9 Things You Are Doing To Destroy Your Feet
We don’t like to think of our feet as fragile. As a matter of fact, we know that our feet are amazingly good at taking a beating. However, too much of a beating, and too long with the wrong kind of treatment can lead to pain, and chronic injury. For a strong, healthy foundation for years to come, stop doing these things that destroy your feet.
- Going barefoot, wearing high heels, and flip flops without proper support can cause chronic foot pain and injury.
- Wearing shoes that are too narrow or too wide can lead to toe injuries, skin abrasions, and tripping.
- Exercise, wearing socks, and wearing shoes that offer the right kind of fit, support, and cushion can help keep your feet healthy and strong.
9 Common Habits That Harm Your Feet
You Go Barefoot: We get it. You like the freedom. Going barefoot occasionally is a great way to let your feet breathe and stretch. But going barefoot constantly is a recipe for disaster. Without proper arch support, your arches will flatten over time, causing flat feet, and the painful injury of plantar fasciitis.
You Wear High Heels: High heels are literally everything that is wrong for your feet. Narrow toeboxes, zero arch support, and forced unnatural position for your foot and ankle. High heels completely change your natural walking gait, and can even shorten your calf muscles, and damage your lower back. As with everything, wearing your heels for a hot date here and there is one thing, but wearing them daily to work is a bad idea.
You Wear Flip Flops: Flip flops might seem the perfect answer to wanting to experience the freedom of being barefoot while still wearing shoes, but they’re simply not. Flip flops that lack proper support damage your feet by not offering any arch support, and there is little to no cushion to help preserve your heel fat pad— the natural cushion below your heel. Over time, this flattens, and your heel bone begins to grind into your tissue, causing pain. Plus, you are more prone to clumsiness and tripping in flip flop shoes.
You Don’t Exercise: Weight gain and simply remaining inactive is one of the worst things you can do for your feet. Extra weight contributes to flattened arches and plantar fasciitis. Getting up and getting busy can go a long way in not only preserving your body’s full health, but also your foot health through healthy weight maintenance.
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You Smoke: Smoking causes blockages in the arteries, which in turn causes bad circulation. Bad circulation contributes to painful nerve damage, and your feet are often the first place to be affected. By quitting your smoking habit, you’ll improve your heart health, lower your risk for lung cancer, and improve your circulation. This means better whole-body health, and healthier feet to boot.
You Wear Shoes That Are Too Narrow: Stuffing your toes into a toe box that is too narrow is the first step to chronic toe injuries and deformations such as Morton’s neuroma, hammertoe, and bunions. These can be painful, and are often difficult or impossible to correct.
You Wear Shoes That Are Too Wide: Many people have grown accustomed to wearing shoes that are too big for their feet. This originates largely from our childhoods when our mothers would buy shoes just a little too big so we could “grow into them”. Unfortunately for us as adults, that means that shoes that fit correctly (with a good snug heel and just a quarter inch between the toe and the front of the shoe) feel restrictive and too tight. You might think that it doesn’t matter as long as you are comfortable, but this is not true. Shoes that are too big pose a myriad of problems such as:
- Any arch support is placed on the wrong part of the foot, causing bruising to the muscles, and an unnatural shape of the foot.
- Rubbing on the heel as the shoes slip off your heels can cause blisters and calluses.
- When shoes are too big, you run a higher risk of tripping or clumsiness.
You Don’t Wear Socks: Socks protect your feet from unwanted friction, and help your feet breathe by wicking moisture from sweat or outside sources such as rain or snow. They also help protect your skin from debris, like rocks. Not wearing socks can lead to skin abrasions and introduce bacteria and fungi. This often results in cases of athlete’s foot and toenail fungus.
You Don’t Give Your Foot Muscles A Second Thought: Just like your muscles in your arms and back and abs and legs, you foot muscles need exercise and challenge to stay strong and healthy. Doing foot exercises each day, and stretching morning and night can help keep your foot muscles flexible and more resilient to injury.
- Why are high heels bad for my feet?
High heels can be harmful because they have narrow toe boxes, offer no arch support, and force the foot and ankle into an unnatural position. This can alter your natural walking gait, potentially shorten calf muscles, and even damage the lower back.
- How do flip flops affect foot health?
While flip flops might seem like a comfortable choice, they often lack proper support. This can damage the feet by not offering arch support and providing little cushioning for the heel fat pad. Over time, this can lead to pain and increase the risk of tripping or clumsiness.
- Are socks bad for your feet?
No, socks are not bad for your feet. In fact, they offer several benefits:
- Protection: Socks provide a protective layer between your feet and shoes, reducing friction and helping to prevent blisters and calluses.
- Moisture Wicking: Many socks are made of materials that wick away moisture. This is especially important for people who sweat excessively or are active, as it helps keep the feet dry and reduces the risk of fungal infections like athlete’s foot.
- Warmth: Socks help to insulate your feet, keeping them warm in cold conditions.
- Cushioning: Some socks offer additional padding, providing extra cushioning for the feet which can be beneficial during activities like running or hiking.
- Prevent Infections: By acting as a barrier, socks can help prevent foot infections by keeping out dirt and debris and reducing exposure to bacteria and fungi.
- Improved Fit: For some shoes, socks can improve the fit, making them more comfortable and preventing the foot from sliding inside the shoe.
However, it’s essential to choose the right type of sock for your activity and ensure they are clean and dry. Wearing wet or damp socks or socks made of non-breathable materials can trap moisture, potentially leading to fungal infections or other foot problems.
One Thing You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Feet
Day in and day out, the best thing you can do to protect your feet is to wear shoes that offer the right kind of fit, support, and cushion. Doing this daily can help your feet keep their natural shape, and avoid problems associated with a lack of support and ill fitting shoes.
KURU shoes are built on an anatomical last, meaning you automatically get a wider toe box and ideal arch support the first time you put on your shoes. Our KURUSOLE™ technology flexes with each step to hug your heels and keep your fat pad below your heel where it belongs for a more natural cushion and comfort.
But we did not stop there. Over time, our ULTIMATE INSOLES™ made of space-age foams in the insole of each shoe use your body heat to mold to the exact shape of your foot, so you get a custom fit that is perfect for your feet.
Choose the most comfortable shoes in the world, and enjoy a higher quality of life. Take care of your feet, with KURU.
At KURU, we’re on a mission to help you Heel Better™ with footwear technology designed to relieve foot pain, so you can live a life you love. Since launching our innovative technology in 2008, we’ve received more than 29,000 five-star reviews from thousands of customers who tell us their KURU shoes helped them with conditions (such as plantar fasciitis) and got them back to doing what they love. Explore our plantar fasciitis shoe comparison guide to find the best shoes tailored for your needs.
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