How to Take Care of Your Feet
Feet are the unsung heroes of the body. By age 50, the average person has taken about 136,875,000 steps & walked 68,750 miles (avg. 7500 steps a day)! Consequently, It’s no surprise that all that trekking takes a toll on your dogs. How to take care of your feet becomes an important focus as we age.
Your feet are an intricate configuration of 26 bones & 33 joints. There’s also a complex symphony of ligaments, tendons & muscles. When somethings out of whack, your feet let you know… quickly. One in four adults suffer some form of debilitating foot pain by age 45.
Sources of Sore Feet
Clearly, to do battle against aging isn’t for the meek. Some of the many age-related foot pain issue stems from:
- Fat Pad Atrophy – Loss of fat in the balls & heels of our feet (great… that’s where I lost weight!).
- Flat Foot – Over time your arches tend to flatten out.
- Big Foot – Well, at least bigger. Through flattening/swelling your feet get bigger as we age, affecting shoe size & fit.
- Plantar Fasciitis – the nagging pain in your heel. Plantar fascia is a long ligament that runs along the sole of your foot and supports your arch. Repeated stress, like jogging, or even everyday strain can irritate it, causing pain and stiffness.
- Osteoarthritis – when cartilage, a flexible tissue that prevents friction, breaks down. That lets bone rub against bone.
Carrying extra weight – a few pounds adds additional strain to feet
Jaunty will follow up shortly with an article on some of the best foot care products to further care for your feet. Today, however, we take a look at shoes.
How to Take Care of Your Feet? Fight the Good Fight with Better Shoes
The right footwear goes a long way to protect your feet from unnecessary strain & discomfort. Fortunately, additional foot protection doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style. Several shoe designers have leaned in to this widespread challenge.
More Benefits of getting the Right Shoes
Well designed shoes address the most common culprits of foot discomfort. They also offer the added benefits of:
- Keeping the body in motion – properly fit, comfortable shoes inspire activity. If your feet feel good, you’re inclined to stay active longer.
- Avoiding the domino effect – Sore feet changes your stride. That negatively impacts other joints/muscles. Back pain, sore knees & more can stem from an irregular gate.
- A reduction in injury or falls – Ill fitting or uncomfortable shoes can lead to additional unrelated foot issues. Fitted, comfortable shoes assist with better posture & balance. This reduces the risks of unnecessary falls.
The right shoes can really help to avoid foot aggravation & fatigue. Great shoes keep us active!
The next 100,000,000 steps are just as important as the previous. Get out & play with attractive shoes that pamper your feet.
L’Amour des Pieds
“Focus’ on cutting-edge style! Incorporate patent-pending adaptable memory foam arch support. It expands & contracts with the contours of your feet. Other comfort features include a breathable full sheep nappa lining. Also, lightweight shock-absorbing EVA outsoles & adjustable straps.”
“…they are SOOOO cushy and I get so many compliments on them!”
“Many Fitflop shoes have received the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) Seal of Acceptance, for footwear found to promote good foot health.
“Fit Flops come with Microwobbleboard™ technology. This provides three levels of targeted cushioning; the toes, midfoot, and heel. Fitflop’s reduce underfoot pressure, absorb shock, and provide maximum comfort.”
“Our new Anatomicush midsole is A-MA-ZING. Designed by our in-house expert biomechanist, it’s flexible and superlight. The soft curves are shaped to hug the contours of your feet.”
“…lightweight and easy to move in. Comes with an antibacterial mesh lining. Plus, the cushioned footbed helps keep feet healthy and comfortable.”
“…ultra-light and features flexible Anatomicush™ midsoles.”
“…Microwobbleboard™ midsoles. Adjustable straps add comfort for narrow or wider feet. A fitted back strap for extra security & a cushy footbed complete the wedge.”
“Vionic benefits from the expertise of some of the finest minds in health and lower limb biomechanics. The Vionic Innovation Lab brings together world-renowned health and fitness experts. They share a common vision of enhancing foot health and promoting a more vibrant, active lifestyle.”
“Many Vionic products carry the APMA Seal of Acceptance.”
“The Cloud Terry is designed with soft-touch, experimental fabrics. This brings effortless comfort and style to your feet. Cloud Terry’s are crafted with Zero-Gravity foam and CloudTec®. This provides added cushioning & abrasion pads for superior grip. The smooth and perforated vegan leather overlays for added style! Cloud Terry is lightweight sneaker bliss. Ideal for: everyday wear and travel.
“We begin by taking the time to develop perfect fitting lasts—the form a shoe is shaped around. We don’t rush new looks to market every six months. Instead, we give ourselves the time to refine every aspect of our shoes to achieve wonderful comfort.
In this pursuit, we are uncompromising. We’re particular in our choice of materials and construction. Being just “good enough” is not good enough. We offer shoes of the utmost quality. When there is a better method, we do it that way. When there is better leather or material, we use that.”
“The breathable, triple-density PORON® memory-foam insole with an antimicrobial finish shapes to your foot. A Vibram® rubber sole and Kevlar® shank add lightweight, durable support.”
“…fitted with a Vibram® sole for day-one flexibility. Triple-density PORON® memory-foam insole adds breathable cushioning.”
“SOFT-AIR cushioning offers flexible comfort and support. Extra arch support & a removable insole.”
“SOFT-AIR midsole offers serious cushioning and comfort arch support and removable insole.”
“Our Latex foam midsole absorbs shock from walking. The loafer conforms to the foot for a customized feel. Siped rubber outsole increases traction and expels water. Anatomically designed fit for proper heel and arch support.”
“Soft Air midsole means flexible support. Built-in shock absorber to reduce fatigue. Arch support.”
“GrandFøam cushioning, GrandOS Energy Foam and an OrthoLite® footbed for superior comfort.”
“The footbed provides anatomically engineered cushioning and support for all-day comfort.”
“Breathable mesh wraps the stretchy sock upper for comfort. It’s both flexible and ventilated. Shock-absorbing GrandFoam transforms every landing into propulsive forward movement. Cushioned, contoured arch support springy energy return.”