Foot Problems: Could You Be Wearing the Wrong Shoes?

 

 85% of people wear running shoes that don’t fit, according to an American College of Sports Medicine!

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Chiropractor Raleigh, NC

The average person walks more than 115,000 miles in a lifetime. Every walking step you take exerts pressure up to three times your body weight on your feet. Running exerts up to ten times your body weight.  We cram our feet into tight fitting, stiff shoes, subject them to the unnatural angles of high heels, pound them on pavement and asphalt, smother them in airless socks and shoes, or simply stand on them for hours on end. It’s no wonder that the skin, 26 bones, and intricate webbing of muscles and ligaments in each of our feet sometimes can’t stand up to the pressure.

When you wear shoes that are too small your joints have to compensate over time to fit the shoe.   This can cause:

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chiropractor Raleigh, NC

Plantar Fasciitis   which is an inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament that connects the heel bone (calcaneous) and the toes. This ligament is composed of fibrous bands of tissue, and runs along the entire bottom of the foot. It stretches and contracts with every step or movement, and may become inflamed when tiny tears occur in the tissue.

Bunions   If you’ve noticed a lump on the side of your foot at the base of your big toe, it’s probably a bunion . Bunions are caused when the base of the toe is pushed out of its normal position. This causes a bulge on the side of the foot that can be painful and inflamed. Rather than pointing straight ahead, the big toe will also frequently press against the other toes.

Corns and Calluses   The skin protects itself against repeated friction and pressure by building up hard layers of skin cells at the site of the irritation. The skin cells form round, kernel-like bumps, called corns. They are often found on top of or between the toes. Calluses usually form on the sole, but they can also occur elsewhere on the feet, and are thick, yellowish, and flat.

Hammer Toes   When one of the smaller toes takes on a claw-like appearance, it’s called a hammer toe . Misalignment of the toe joints or muscle or nerve problems in the foot cause the toe to curl up instead of laying flat. People with diabetes are prone to developing hammertoes. Wearing shoes that are too short can also cause this problem.

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Proper size

Don’t select shoes by the size inside the shoe. The size your foot measures is your foot size. Sizes vary among shoe brands and styles. Judge the shoe by how it fits on your foot. Don’t hesitate to try on a shoe in a size other than what measuring indicates. Don’t assume that you know your current shoe size. Have both feet measured, as you stand, each time you by your shoes (the size of your feet changes as your grow older). Most people have one foot larger than the other. Fit to the largest foot.

Try on shoes at the end of the day (or after a workout for athletic shoes) when your feet are the largest. Allow 3/8″ to 5/8″ room between the end of the longest toe (in some people it is the 2nd toe) and the end of the shoe (i.e. Toe box). Your foot continues to move forward inside the shoe even when the ground stops the shoe from moving.

Try shoes on with the same thickness of socks you intend to wear. Finally, if you use orthotics try the shoes on with them.

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Raleigh, NC Chiropractor

Your local Raleigh chiropractors can help you prevent running-related problems by assessing your gait, as well as the mobility of the joints in your feet, legs, pelvis and spine. Should you suffer stress and strain from running, a chiropractor in Raleigh can also provide treatment for your pain.

 

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Do you have a Humpback?

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The Humpback Posture:

Kyphosis, also known as a round back or humpback, is a condition in which the spine in the upper back has an excessive curvature. The upper back, or thoracic region of the spine, is supposed to have a slight natural curve. The spine naturally curves in the neck, upper back, and lower back to help absorb shock and support the weight of the head. Kyphosis occurs when this natural arch is larger than normal.  This forward head posture and rounded, forward shoulders, will lead to problems with headaches, neck aches, back and shoulder pain.

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Raleigh Chiropractor

As you can see from the diagram, for the average person, the humped back places up to an additional 42 lbs. of extra downward pressure on the lower back.  Is it any wonder that many individuals have lower back pain?

Kyphosis will eventually cause shallow breathing as a result of the forward compression of the chest. Kyphosis can affect people of any age. However, it rarely occurs in newborns because it is usually caused by poor posture. Kyphosis caused by poor posture is called postural kyphosis.

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Raleigh Chiropractor

As one ages, and the humpback deepens, one’s overall mobility will decrease, increasing the risk of falls and other health issues from the decreased oxygenation from the shallow breathing. Some studies even suggest that a person will die sooner if they suffer from kyphosis, in fact some studies have shown that older men and women with advanced kyphosis have as much as a 44% greater rate of mortality than those who do not!

This posture is often created when we slump over our desks and our computers all day long. We often slump forward when we stand for a long time as well.

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Raleigh Chiropractor

Much of our flexibility, mobility, and activity depend on the health of the spine. Getting treatment to help correct the curvature may help you reduce the risk of complications later in life, such as arthritis and back pain.

Risks of Untreated Kyphosis:

For most people, kyphosis does not cause serious health problems. This is dependent on the cause of the kyphosis, however. If kyphosis is caused by poor posture, you may suffer from pain and breathing difficulties. These will only get worse later in life.

Treating kyphosis early by strengthening the muscles of the back, seeing a physical therapist, or receiving chiropractic adjustments will also be helpful. To decrease pain and other symptoms, the goal will be to improve your posture long-term.  Dr. Claudio with Triangle Spine Center, Your Local Raleigh Chiropractor, can help.  Call for your appointment today 919.957.3600

 

Foot Problems: Could You Be Wearing the Wrong Shoes?