Pain in your feet or in the bunions that formed usually comes from the times you are on your feet. If you’re going to be on your feet a lot, the right shoes, as you probably know, are essential in decreasing pain at the end of the day.
The bunions you may have probably formed from the lack of good motion in your feet, which usually stems from the types of shoes that you have worn through the years and a lack of added support needed to meet your specific foot structure.
While you can easily get a recommendation for good shoes from a friend, you also need to find good shoes that are good for you and your feet specifically which takes more work.
But what are the right shoes? Everybody’s feet are different, so what may be right for one person may not be right for another. There’s skinny feet, wide feet, high arches, flat feet, feet with genetic differences that are passed down, and feet with old injuries. All of these factors have to be taken into consideration when looking for the right shoes.
There are two ways to get a good shoe for your specific foot needs; one is through trial and error. You’ve probably already tried a bunch of shoes before and you know what feels good to you now; this is a test you’ve undertaken on your own to find the right shoe. The only thing you have to watch for is that sometimes your shoes can mold or stretch to your feet so they seem comfortable for a time, but they are still not giving your feet the proper support. This will eventually fail you in avoiding foot joint degeneration and in stopping pain, especially if you put a high demand on them for a long period of time.
The second way to get good shoes is to ask an expert who knows about the specifics of how a shoe should be fitting your feet. There’s not only one arch in your foot, but there’s three important arches that need to be supported and 26 bones in your feet that can easily get ignored and left hanging without support and gets squished together, which causes pain. Also, your feet are different even from each other for a number of reasons.
Here’s one tip you can use to evaluate your own feet: Take a look at your feet when you are standing barefoot on the ground. Notice how some joints look more bent or rotated in your toes than the other side, and how one foot may flatten out more than the other. This tells you that your feet are different on each side. If one foot is flatter, that arch needs more support. If the outer toes are more rotated in on one foot more than the other, that side’s arch needs more support too. If you have a bunion at the big toe that’s bigger on one side than the other, that foot needs more arch support. Without the proper support, you leave your foot bones open to injury and degeneration in the near future, which will permanently deform your foot.
There are three major arches in the foot. Most people just think of the one big one in the middle that touches when you have your feet together. But all of them are important to stabilize your foot and offer foot pain relief. The one on the front, under the toes and the one along the outside of your foot are also important.
Feet are different from each other for many reasons; the main being that since your feet, ankles, knees, and hips get so much mileage that there is a small difference in bone lengths from your foot to your hips and joint. Muscle, ligament, and tendon strength may also decrease after injuries or overuse. Just like how you always turn right up a hill in your car, you can get more wear on the right tread of your tires, these small differences that you usually don’t notice can effect one foot differently than the other, especially with a lot inevitable use over time.
All of these factors can be analyzed by an expert so you can get the shoes that fit your feet comfortably. Our office can evaluate your special foot anatomy and help you diagnose the reason for your foot pain with a simple visit where we do our “Athletes Foot, Ankle, and Knee Evaluation”. This is effective for evaluating the cause of foot pain in non-athletes, as well as active athletes.