Your shoes are essential to your wellbeing, and the right shoes are the key to better health. The right pair of shoes helps you keep your posture, can prevent injuries, foot and toe deformities, cause less pressure and pain for you when you’re on your feet.
The wrong shoes? Well, they’re the devil. The wrong type of shoes can be the wrong fit (too small or too big), can be too flat or too high – whatever the wrong type are, they’re causing you pain and discomfort.
If your original shoes cause the problem, choose better shoes
If bad shoes are at the root of your damage, you need to wise up with your choices! You can’t undo the bad years on your feet, but you can reduce the damage and start recovery once you start wearing the right shoes. Consider shoes that have orthopaedic benefits, which have the following:
They have enough depth for your toes
Make a “fist” with your toes. Is there enough space in your shoes? Are you able to curl up without causing you any discomfort? If your shoes are too narrow, too wide or don’t have enough toe-height, you put your feet at risk of disorders like bunions and hammertoes.
They have good arch support
Your arches need to be spring and flexible: they help distribute weight across your feet. Your shoes need to be able to support the type of arch you have, whether it’s high, flat or uneven.
They have a low or flat heel
Wearing flats or heels all the time can cause a lot of damage for your feet. If you’ve worn heels all your life, you might have experienced the tightening of your Archilles tendon, causing you discomfort in your ankle and cause tendonitis. But the flip-side, wearing (ballet) flats for prolonged periods can be just as bad, worsening the possibility of plantar fasciitis and causing pain in your knees, hips or lower back.
They cushion and support
If you’re thinking you need more support in your shoes, try insoles. Insoles can give you a tighter, more secure fit with your shoe which removes movement within your shoe and foot, making it more supportive. However, cushioning in your skin reduces the impact of your step so that you don’t feel the weight of each step as much.
How can my feet recover?
But what if you’re already doing everything right but your feet are in pain right now? What do you need to do for your feet to recover?
Injuries, causes by spending too much time standing or having inflamed bones or ligaments, naturally lead to foot pain. There are specific situations that your feet need to recover afterwards: heavy-duty activity like running or marathons, after hot days in flat shoes, or spending all day standing up at work. Your feet absorb your daily activity and pain can prevent you from doing what you do normally, walking or exercise.
You need your feet every day so pain management is tough if your feet are feeling it. Physical therapy is one of the best ways to treat your foot pain. Stretching your feet out, before and after exercise, is one of the best ways to help prevent, heal and reduce pain. It also gives you a feeling of increased flexibility and muscle control.
What sort of footwear should you wear after a run?
After a marathon, it’s a good idea to keep the feet bare as much as you can to avoid any additional pressure on the nails and skin. Wear flip-flops and open sandals if you need to go out locally and make sure you do not wear footwear which is tight, uncomfortable or causing irritation, pressure or pain.
The Lightfeet ReGen Thongs and Slides has been designed to be worn after exercise, to assist with the fatigue you feel after running. Meant to regenerate your muscles after activity, the ReGen range can assist with absorbing shock after every step, providing arch support with its recovery foam moulding to the shape of your foot.
What if my feet are throbbing and swelling?
Running a cold foot bath after a run is a good way to reduce the throbbing and swlling. Cold water eases painful muscles, reducing inflammation. If you don’t have a bath nearby, then even an ice pack helps – by reducing the flow of blood to your foot, it helps shrink blood vessels under your skin. It also numbs nerve endings which alleviates pains.
Keep moving, don’t just sit there!
It’s not a reality to just keep your feet up – though keeping them elevated is good in many situations. Moving after a run is a necessity, whether it’s going to work, classes or just to the shops. Wearing footwear that supports movement and is easy on your feet is essential.
Look for slides or thongs with a footbed that absorbs shock and does more for your arch support. The Lightfeet ReGen range has been designed to be worn after exercise to assist with the fatigue you feel after running. Meant to regenerate your muscles after activity, the ReGen thongs and slides can assist with absorbing shock after every step, providing arch support with its recovery foam moulding to the shape of your foot. Wearing podiatrist designed sandals, especially those with an orthotic footbed, can help combat plantar fasciitis by supporting your arches and heel.