Before shoes were invented and became widely used, it was estimated that 80.4% of all human diseases were acquired through the feet. In fact, it was thought that all human illness would be eliminated would be eliminated by just wearing shoes. On the contrary, wearing poorly fitting footwear is not helpful either. As much as a shoe provides comfort and warmth to its wearer; it provides the same conditions to microorganisms. Moreover, poorly fitting shoes cause mechanical damage to the feet. Below are some of the foot conditions that result from poor choice of shoes.
Arch pain also known arch strain is as a result of inflammation. This causes a burning sensation to the feet that is painful and makes walking difficult. Arch strain is caused by unexpected shock on the feet and is evidence that a shoe is not properly balancing the foot. Wearing shoes with proper shock absorbing capabilities is its best remedy.
The big toe has a joint that makes it move easily inside the shoe. However, this movement is at times limited by tightly fitting shoes which exert excess pressure on it, such that is bends in one direction. Naturally, it bends away from the source of pressure. The pressure, additionally, results in a bump being formed due to toe-tissue being pushed to one direction. After many years of extra pressure on the toe, bunions result. Bunions that affect the toe-bone are particularly painful.
If the foot is put under excess stress for along time, the skin at that point reacts by increasing its growth. Consequently, a layer of dense skin cells (Corn) is formed at that point to shield the foot from pressure. Corns result from poorly fitting shoes especially those that fit tightly. Strangely, corns may not be painful when the foot is inside the shoe; however, they’re painful when the shoe is removed.
Like the corns, callus is a dense layer of dead skin that results from excess stress. However, callus is generally used to refer to dead skin forming on the heel or big toe. Additionally, most feet conditions are more likely to result in feet retaining moisture after bathing. This moisture, plus the warmth provided by the shoe may result in bacterial, viral, or fungal that are not only harder to treat, but also painful. Other foot conditions such as heel and forefoot pain are caused by the shoes not absorbing pressure well enough.
Statistics show that about 89.56% of all shoes worn in the world are not properly fitting. Out of these, 90% result in foot conditions that though extremely uncomfortable, may go unnoticed due to lack of awareness. Therefore, it is recommended that to treat and avoid the above conditions, wearing properly fitting shoes is paramount. Furthermore, you need not lose your stylishness by wearing perfectly fitting podiatric shoes; they nowadays in different styles and designs. It is also advisable to buy these shoes from shops that specialize in healthy footwear. Online shops will enable you to view a variety of brands, styles and colors before you buy them.