Some Words about Healthy Feet, from the folks at ToeJoez Footwear

We’ve known for some time now that the higher the heel, the worse for the health of your feet. Just ask any woman that regularly wears stiletto heels. What isn’t commonly known is why. The following is taken in part from articles submitted to WebMD recently and includes a list of shoes that are terrible for your feet and can cause some really serious problems.

HIGH HEELS

healthly-feet-(3.1)This style is notorious for causing a painful knot on the back of the heel. The rigid material presses on a bony deformity some women have called a “pump bump.” The pressure leads to blisters, swelling, bursitis, even pain in the Achilles tendon. Ice, orthotics, and heel pads may provide pain relief — along with better shoes. The bony protrusion is permanent and forces the feet into a position that puts stress on the ball of the foot. At this critical joint, the long metatarsal bones meet the pea-shaped sesamoid bones, and the toe bones (phalanges).

Too much pressure can inflame these bones or the nerves that surround them. Chronic stress to the foot bones can even lead to hairline fractures. Switching to lower heels will help you avoid problems with the metatarsal bones. The lower you go, the more natural your foot position will be. Many podiatrists recommend choosing heels that are no more than 2 inches high — and even those should be worn in moderation.

TOE DEFORMITIES

healthly-feet-(7.1)High heeled shoes push too much body weight toward the toes and then squeeze them together. Over time, the result can be hammertoe, abnormal bends in the toe joints that can gradually become rigid. Surgery is sometimes needed to relieve the pain of severe hammertoe. Crowding can cause other toe deformities, along with continuous shoe friction, leading to painful corns and calluses.

FLATS

There’s no arch support whatsoever. That keeps the feet from functioning optimally and can lead to knee, hip, and back problems. Poor arch support is also associated with a painful foot condition called plantar fasciitis.

FLIP FLOPS

Flip-flops offer very little protection. The risk of getting splinters or other foot injuries is higher when the feet are so exposed.

People with diabetes should not wear flip-flops, because simple cuts and scrapes can lead to serious complications. In addition, many flip-flops provide no arch support. Like ballet flats, they can aggravate plantar fasciitis and cause problems with the knees, hips, or back.

PLATFORM SHOES

Platform shoes and wedges tend to have rigid foot beds. This throws off the biomechanics of walking. Your foot is trying to bend a certain way, but the shoe is fighting you because it’s so rigid. If the heel of the platform is much higher than the toe area, the shoe also puts pressure on the metatarsal bones.

POINTED TOE SHOWS

They might be stylish, but shoes with pointy toes squeeze the entire front of your foot together. After time, this can cause nerve pain, bunions, blisters, and hammertoes. Some women even develop bruises under their toenails from the constant pressure.

Excerpts taken from interviews on WebMD with podiatrist Hillary Brenner, DPM

The ToeJoez Footwear company in San Diego, California ↦ ToeJoez Sandals produces and distributes a line of affordable, super comfortable, casual sandals for men, women and kids.

transparent(1)The patented design, created by owner Steve Arnold, features built in arch support similar to orthotic inserts, a toe loop which stay securely fastened to your foot without pinching or binding and lays flat on the bottom so sand and dirt isn’t thrown under your foot or onto the back of your leg as you move.

These healthy alternatives to flip flops and other traditional warm weather footwear are changing the way people think about sandals! We’ve had customers tell us they wear them everywhere including the shower after coming from the beach. Sometimes they forget they are wearing them!

And ToeJoez Sandals are really comfortable to wear from the very first time you try them on. They’re easy to slip in and out of, aren’t susceptible to sun damage and they don’t shrink up when they get wet like their leather counterparts.

If your feet are killing you at the end of your summer day, why not swap out those trendy flip flops and leather sandals for a pair or two of ToeJoez Sandals? You’ll be glad you did! All styles are under $30 and can be shipped to anywhere in the world. ↦ Check our Toe Loop Sandal styles for men, women and kids.

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