PUTTING YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD- A LOOK AT THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY, WELL-MADE FOOTWEAR
Monday, September 14, 2009
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, our feet are more susceptible to injury than any other part of the body. Because of this, we should be doing everything necessary to protect our feet. This includes supporting them with well-made footwear.
A number of different ailments affecting the heel, arch and tendons of the foot, can be linked back to poorly manufactured and unsupportive shoes.
Unfortunately, the potential for injury doesn't stop at the foot. Wearing the wrong shoes can also have detrimental effects on:
A key ingredient to a long-lasting, supportive shoe is how well it's made. Wrapping your feet in good materials is important in preventing injury to not only your feet, but the rest of your body, as well.
Memory Foam and Latex Insoles:
When it comes to finding shoes that will protect your feet, the importance of a quality, cushioned insole is vital. You'd be hard-pressed to find anything that beats the comfort and support of memory foam or latex insoles. Memory foam instantly molds to the shape of your foot and provides arch support, increases stability and relieves pressure on the ball of your foot, as well as on your joints. Latex insoles divert pressure away from the foot and are great for all-year-wear. The latex is breathable, keeping feet feeling fresh and cool in summer months and warm during the winter. Both memory foam and latex insoles help cushion the shock of every step you take, providing ultimate protection for the foot.
Foot Support At Home:
The number of steps any given individual takes in a day varies greatly. But according to a study conducted by Dr. Catrine Tudor-Locke and published in "Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise," it's safe to say that the average individual takes between 5,000-10,000 steps every single day. Now that is a whole lot of wear and tear on the foot. So even if you're smart enough to choose quality shoes for your everyday wear, it's also important to choose comfortable slippers, as well.
Many injuries sustained from poorly constructed shoes have lasting effects that can impact your way of life. With companies out there whose sole purpose is to provide comfortable, supportive, quality footwear, why would anyone not take advantage?
Our feet are prized possessions that get us where we want to go, yet we don't value them nearly enough. With every one of those 5,000-plus steps we take each day, we owe our feet some serious quality care. By choosing comfortable footwear, not only will your feet thank you, but so will your back, ankles, knees...
Katie Pelikan is the Director of Marketing for the long established Daniel Green Company and a big fan of shoes that both look good and feel good. Founded in 1881, the company is known for quality slippers and casual footwear made with the finest workmanship and materials. More information and the online store can be found at danielgreen.com, and the author can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.