Feeling the occasional ache or pain is part of getting older. But if you find your feet, knees, hips, or back hurt after a day of activity, the culprit might actually be your shoes. If you love the looks of flimsy summer sandals or thin-soled canvas tennis shoes, you might be putting unnecessary strain on your body. The good news is solid footwear has come a long way from old, one-size-fits-all styles. With a little knowledge, you can get shoes that will keep you looking fashionable and keep your feet feeling good all day!
If your summer footwear is causing you pain, look no further than your flip-flops. Foot doctors say flip-flops not only offer little support, they cause the wearer to have an unnatural gait just to keep them on. The worst part of wearing flip-flops is they can contribute to chronic and debilitating foot problems like inflamed tendons or plantar fasciitis.
Instead of sliding in flip-flops each summer morning, save them for the beach and find some casual summer sandals that offer support. Companies like Chaco, Keen, and Teva offer attractive styles that can hold up to all-day use. Some of their sandals are designed for hiking, so they're shock-absorbent and slip-resistant. When youre shopping around, look for a sandal that has an ankle strap for added stability.
Fancy high heels and stiff men's oxfords are notoriously hard on your feet. If breaking in your dress shoes hasn't done anything for your foot comfort, try finding more supportive footwear. For gentleman, try shopping for shoes made for people in the service industry. These designs are slip-resistant and built to last for hard-working waiters and cooks who need to be on their feet for hours every night. Best of all, they come in a variety of attractive styles that will look great with your business casual or formal attire.
Ladies, look for dress flats that have a stable rubber sole and offer comfortable arch support. If you can't live without heels, look for a short, wide heel or a wedge heel, which offer better stability than stilettos. Feel for cushion on the footbed of the shoe, and look for shoes from companies that design for comfort, like Cole Haan, Sofft, and Clarks. There are many others, so be sure to shop around.
Whether youre hitting the gym or taking a long walk at the park, staying active in your retirement years is vital to your health. You can keep your feet and joints in good shape with a solid foundation of quality athletic shoes.
Choosing the right athletic shoe requires a trip to the shoe store so you can select the pair with the best fit. Good athletic shoes should be light on your feet and have enough flexibility for you to move around. Remember, your feet can change size as you get older, and shoes can differ in size by company. Be sure to pick a shoe based on how it fits, not by the size on the box.
Already found your perfect exercise shoes? Put them to good use by beginning a regular exercise routine today!
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