Many times we buy shoes based on their style, cost and convenience. Sometimes comfort is also a factor. But wearing the right shoes is much more important than it might seem on the surface.
“People don’t realize that your feet are your foundation. If your feet are out of alignment, your body has to compensate. Your ankle has to tweak a little. Your knee has to tweak, your hips, your back,” says Dr. Elijah Davis, a podiatrist with Mosaic Life Care, in the St. Joseph News-Press. “When you are active, these little malalignments will lead to issues later on.”
While 25% of Americans suffer from foot problems, more than 75% adults experience foot pain, according to a 2014 study by the American Podiatric Medical Association. While adults might understand the importance of foot health in theory, “they don’t think about it often, and don’t care for their feet as regularly as teeth, eyes or some other body parts,” the study states. And half of the 1,000 adults surveyed said that their foot pain limited their ability to work and exercise.
How can different kinds of shoes affect your health? According to experts: