Ways podiatrists say you’re hurting your feet
Your feet are the most used – and abused – body part. Yet while you probably spend a good ten minutes taking care of your face every morning and night, chances are your feet are lucky to get a pedicure once a month. Trust podiatrists when they warn you that should something go wrong with your feet, it could ultimately affect your entire way of life.
For better foot care, we spoke with podiatrists who reveal the most common ways you’re hurting your feet, and tips to protect them.
Your heels are too high
Let’s start with the obvious: High heels may make a statement, but if they’re too high, the only statement you’ll be making is “Ouch.” Your feet and legs have to overcompensate to help you walk, which could lead to painful conditions like plantar fasciitis, bunions and heel spurs, warns Rebecca Pruthi, a podiatric physician and surgeon. Keep heels to 5cm or less to prevent foot pain, Dr Pruthi recommends.
You wear the same shoes every day
It might seem like common sense to find a great, supportive pair of shoes you love – and then wear them nonstop, but this isn’t doing your feet any favours. Jackie Sutera, a foot surgeon and Vionic Lab expert, says that slipping on the same shoes day in and day out can cause foot fatigue because you’re constantly using the same areas of the foot for support and walking. Make sure you have a few pairs of comfortable shoes and rotate them throughout the week.