The Right Shoes for Your Body

Getting the right shoes for your body type can prevent problems down the road. Your shoes support your body and finding a sensible pair has a positive or negative effect on your entire body. In the end there’s a lot more than just how your footwear looks.

Here’s a few thoughts on getting the right shoe for your body.


What to Avoid

Any shoes that change the alignment of your body should be avoided and these include high heels. If you wear these shoes regularly your Achilles tendon can tighten and shorten over time. That can even make wearing flat shoes painful.

High heels put pressure on the feet which can lead to calluses and other kinds of foot problems.



What to Pick

The best shoes are supportive.  Flat flip-flops in particular might be the choice for a hot summer day but they provide little support. Wearing shoes that don’t provide any or little of this necessary function for your feet can lead to Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. Thong-type flip flops can also be responsible for hammertoe since toes fight to hold the foot inside the shoe with this choice.



The right shoes for your body is about more than just the kind you wear. Toronto podiatrist Chris Hastings also suggests that you alternate your footwear on a daily basis. Rotating your shoes around like this prevents the kind of abuse on muscles and joints that can lead to foot problems.

He also suggests that wherever possible you avoid wearing the same shoes for several days in a row. Matching your shoes with the occasion is also important. For example, wearing sneakers is a good idea when you know you be standing for long periods of time.

Chris Hastings provides a variety of podiatry services at his downtown Toronto clinic. You can book an appointment through the convenient online tab on his website.

Overuse running injuries

There’s really no way around this paradox—running is good and bad for you. It’s a great way to lose weight and keep the heart healthy. Still, if you do it long enough, you’ll more than likely become one of the 80% of runners that get injured.

Most of the injuries the average runner will suffer come from what’s called overuse, or repeated force being applied over a long period of time.

Here’s a quick list of the most common issues that crop up whether you’re weekend runner or have more lofty ambitions.


Runner’s Knee  

All that repetitious pounding away on the pavement and/or street is bound to take a toll. If you start to feel tenderness behind your kneecap it might be what’s called patellofemoral pain syndrome. Running downhill can make what’s usually called runner’s knee even worse. Cutting back on the amount of running you do this one solution or you can steady your knee using a brace.



Shin Splints

This nagging injury happens when the tendons and muscles that cover  the shinbone get overused and inflamed. Supporting the arch of your foot goes a long way to preventing shin splints and that means getting the right kind of insoles that are shock absorbing at the same time.

Proactive measures include running on softer surfaces when you can and avoiding steep inclines. Running uphill puts extra stress on the tibialis muscle in the shin.

Chris Hastings Toronto podiatry clinic features orthotic gait correction. This innovation is built on plaster models that are balanced and corrected to suit your individual needs.