Do you really have to suffer for beauty?

As women, we try to be pretty every day, we love fashion,
dress stylishly. To this end, we are constantly buying new things, of course following the latest fashion. Summer is here!

There were several skirts, pretty tops, swingy dresses, and of course a good many summer shoes or sandals, preferably for every conceivable occasion.

In addition, the discounts are already in full swing in the stores, so we also buy a couple of things, of course we tend to fall into the trap of quantity instead of quality. After all, who could resist a nice and cheap footwear? Yet uncomfortable, unsuitable shoes can lead to severe joint pain and even deformity of our feet. We take the advice of the experts of the Flavor Watch (www.izuletor.hu) so that we can buy shoes wisely.

We all know how easy it is to be tempted when it comes to shoes. High heels, flat soles, platform, sandals, ballerina, sports shoes, colorful, solid color, elegant, loose, ornate or simple, the line is almost endless. Most of us see them as simple accessories: be it to our liking, fit in our dress or bag, and you’re done. We don’t even think about that comfort should always be the primary consideration when choosing shoes for our joints. This is because if we wear inappropriate footwear, we can expect serious consequences in the short term.


The structure of our feet determines what a good shoe looks like

The primary function of our feet is to provide proper, flexible support and to keep our whole body in balance, whether we are standing still, walking or running. This requires a sophisticated build, it’s no coincidence that our feet have one of the most complex structures for our entire body as well: 26 major bones, 33 joints, 19 muscles and tendons, and 107 articular ligaments.

An example taken from architecture helps to illustrate this extremely complex structure. In buildings, the vault is the most perfect “load-bearing” structure, with a stability-enhancing keystone at its highest point. A similar structural structure characterizes our feet. Since the total weight of the body is it is transferred to the ground through the vaults of the feet, the longitudinal and transverse vaulted structure of the bones of the foot results in the support of a healthy foot at three points, thus ensuring the flexible support of our spine.


Almost every woman has a leg ache

A healthy arch of the foot develops at the age of about 6-8 years as a result of the active function of the plantar muscles, i.e. childhood continuous movement, running, barefoot crawling as a result. However, this active foot use is minimized over the years, our plantar muscles weaken, and our feet “live” everyday by squeezing them into different shoes.

Foot pain and the resulting joint ailments are not age-related at all, and foot complaints and foot pain occur in an increasingly younger age group. In addition to the weakening of our plantar muscles, another reason for this is that we are women, primarily we do not consider comfort considerations when buying shoes, but mostly we try to follow fashion. Many times we choose either a smaller number of shoes because “it couldn’t be left there and then it will get in” or an uncomfortable stiletto heel because “it will only be on me for a short time and so beautiful”.

The supply of stores is not conducive to this situation either: there are very few shoes on the shelves of fashion brands that are really comfortable and fit the anatomy of our feet. Many of us are not even aware of what is actually harmful or what is right for us. To this day, most people believe that high-heeled shoes are the only bad thing, although the completely flat-soled, popular ballerina shoes can be a source of many complaints.

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Torturous flat-soled shoes: sandals, ballerinas, flip-flops

Flat slippers, sandals and flip-flop shoes conquer the great heat. It doesn’t hurt, however, to know that all of these can damage the small joints and vaults of our feet. Because the middle of our soles is covered only with thin connective tissue, the bones beneath it are extremely sensitive. In footwear with flat and thin soles, the constant pressure when walking is applied to the said area, which results in burning sensation and aching pain at the end of the day.

Contrary to popular belief, compulsive footwork can develop not only in stiletto heels but also in flat shoes. For today it can also be observed at the goosebumps starting in the flat shoes that the ankle tilt increases, which can first only “twist” the knee and “push out” the hip, and then, over time, cause pain to appear in the affected joints.

It also significantly damages our feet if we regularly wear flip-flops (also known as Vietnamese) slippers. These are the footwear they do not hold our heels, so while wearing them we force our toes to cling to the soles of the slippers, so to speak. As a result, our gait changes, which in the long run can lead to joint pain in our ankles, knees, and even our waist.

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Pretty but uncomfortable high heels

When we walk, we weigh 1-1.5 times our weight on our feet, and when we run, we weigh even more, 3-4 times our body weight. It’s not hard to imagine how bad it will do to our feet if it has to withstand this load unevenly distributed. In a high-heeled shoe, all the load is mainly on transferred to the toes and transverse vault, causing significant pain even in a short time.

This is also the case with summer high-heeled sandals, which are also not good for the health of our joints. At 5 centimeters footwear with higher heels makes our ankles unstable, they change our posture and shift the center of gravity of our body, significantly overloading our knee and hip joints as well as our waist. By “toddling” in high heels, we overload the joints of the metatarsals, our ligaments protrude, causing our joints to wear faster, which eventually leads to the sagging of the arched structure of our feet.

For those who regularly wear heels higher than 5 cm, they also face such consequences in the longer termsuch as shortening of the calf muscles, cartilage abrasion of the knee joint, shortening of the flexor muscles of the hips, and persistent excruciating low back pain.

However, wearing high heels and completely flat shoes is not the only problem in the long run. By changing the center of gravity of our body, reducing elastic support, and disrupting the harmony of our gait, these footwear often cause tension and pain in the neck and back muscles by the end of a long day.

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The painful middle road: platform, wedge

Unfortunately, high-heeled shoes, which seem to be a temporary solution, are not good for our feet either. This is because platform shoes make it impossible to transfer force between the sole and the ground, one of the reasons for which is the extreme high heel and the other is the inelastic sole. The sole structure of the platform shoe prevents the possibility of the sole rolling, i.e. the harmonic gait itself. The sole thus “hits” the ground at each step, causing an extreme increase in pressure in the small joints of the foot, so it is not uncommon for the sole to swell by the end of the day.

This “collision” is primarily attenuated by the knee joint, which overloads the cartilage in the knee joint. As a result, knee abrasion is becoming more common among young people. In addition, the extremely high location of the heel bone in the platform shoe results in instability and overload of the ankle joint, excessive use of the knee joint, and an increase in concavity of the lumbar spine, which causes pain in said joints.

Source: Napidoktor by napidoktor.hu.

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