What kind of shoes are you wearing right now? Are you wearing flats or heels? How well do they fit? Most importantly, does your foot feel supported in these shoes?
Shoes with good support are necessary for maintaining good posture.
The feet are the base of support for the body. When the feet are not properly supported, it negatively affects the postural framework of the rest of the body.
Proper shoes provide comfort to the low back and hips and also help prevent foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet and abnormal muscular strain.
As chiropractors, we frequently see patients who complain about pain yet wear the wrong shoes during the day.
How do you know if it’s a good fit? Here are some things to pay attention to: 1. Shoes should fit well and should not cram the toes or rub the heels. 2. Shoes should provide adequate arch support and are not entirely flat. 3. Soles should have enough thickness and good flexibility. 4. Heels should be well-balanced and have a stable material.
We do not recommend wearing high heels for women even if it visually looks good. It’s mainly because these shoes are directly associated with an anterior shift of weight. The higher the heel, the more weight is unevenly distributed. People who need postural correction definitely should avoid wearing high heels. However, if there’s a need to wear one (e.g. for an event), you can choose short heels (about 2 inches or less) that have a wide base.
Another thing that we would like to point out is that it’s important not to wear the same pair everyday. This prevents your shoes from wearing out too quickly. If they start to lose their shape, then this is a sign that you need to replace them soon. Once the soles of the shoes are stretched out or if the heel is worn out, consider buying a new pair. This keeps your feet comfortable, flexible, and stable enough to support you wherever you go.
If you are really struggling to find a shoe that fits you perfectly, you can purchase an insole, arch support or custom-made orthotics that can help meet your needs. It’s also helpful to have someone watch you walk without and with the shoes on, especially if you are not sure if wearing these shoes negatively affect your overall balance and posture.
Posture assessment is an essential part of any major health evaluation. Chiropractors can help patients discover bad posture and lifestyle habits early on before they contribute to major health issues. If you are ready to experience better posture and overall better quality of life, call or text North Shore Chiropractic today at ph 09-4424310.