WHY SHOE-RELATED DISCOMFORT CAN BE MORE THAN A NUISANCE
Everyone has had the experience of buying a pair of shoes they loved, only to find out they just weren’t comfortable. Sometimes shoe sizes aren’t as precise as they should be, you may have found a rather stiff pair that don’t move comfortably, and some shoes – certain dress shoes, heels or sandals, for example – just aren’t as supportive as they need to be. It can leave you with a dilemma: should you fight through discomfort or get rid of the shoes?
But sometimes shoe discomfort can be more than merely annoying. It can actually lead to a host of other issues such as:
- Corns: Small pea-sized bumps made of thickened hard skin
- Bunions: A bump or swelling on the joint of the big toe that requires surgery to remove.
- Blisters: Skin that has formed a raised bubble and is filled with fluid.
Fortunately, many of these issues aren’t serious and can be managed, but they can make it more difficult to move comfortably and confidently.
WHY SHOE-RELATED DISCOMFORT IS THE ENEMY
You may remember from science class that friction is what happens when two surfaces rub together. When it comes to being able to move on your feet comfortably, friction can be harmful. This friction may be the result of breaking in a new pair of shoes or incorrectly sized shoes, Your feet do change as you walk around over the course of your day and tend to be larger in the evening.
In addition to being uncomfortable, shoes rubbing on your feet, or shoe friction, can prevent you from moving at your best. And when you’re not moving at your best, you’re just not you.