the healing power of fashion

We have to admit, after a day spent mostly standing or walking, all we want to do is kick off our shoes and put our feet up. And it always feels so good, doesn’t it?

This is especially true if you are wearing the wrong kind of shoes. Once you take them off, it’s such a relief! Reflexologists say that there are energetic and neurological connections between the feet and other parts of the body, and this may explain how exhausted we feel when our feet are aching.

If good shoes feel very comfortable and look good at the same time, is it safe to say that bad shoes are just the opposite?

What are bad shoes exactly?

Generally, here are the factors that make some shoes bad for you:

• Thick soles. Aren’t they good because they give cushion? Thick soles elevate your center of balance and prevent you from sensing the ground. When you can’t feel the ground, it is harder to react to things like slippery ice or rocks that can make you fall!

• Narrow Toe Box. Shoes with a narrow toe box definitely look chic and stylish. On the other hand, they deform your feet. Disfigured feet can be painful!

• High heels. This is the culprit of most injuries. The elevated heels make you lean forward which in turn puts a strain on your lower back. It is not only your feet that is affected, but your back can also suffer from high heels!

• Artificial arch support. They are artificial because the natural ones are those you already have. Your ligaments, joints, tendons, and muscles are your body’s natural shock absorbers. If you use arch support, it makes these natural shock absorbers weak and stiff. A weak shock-absorption system leads to a lot of body dysfunctions.

• Heavy shoes. If your shoes are heavy, you are carrying extra weight which naturally leads to exhaustion.

• Inflexible midsoles. Midsoles that restricts the natural movement and twisting of your feet. If your joints can’t move, they will eventually become bones.

Now that you know the characteristics of a “bad” pair of shoes, maybe you can scan your shoe collection and identify the bad ones. You can still keep your favorite pair of heels of course, (because we know how hard it is to toss or give them away!) but as with most things, moderation is key. After all, we may be able to afford to buy all the shoes we love, but we only have one pair of feet to take care of!

Posted by CastMedicDesigns on 08/20/13 at 10:15 AM