What Causes Foot Pain?
Your feet should never hurt! Though most people have simply accepted foot pain as a part of their lives, feet are designed to support the body through practically any activity, and discomfort is usually a sign that something isn’t right.
If your feet ache at the end of the day, or if there’s one area of your feet that gives you trouble, chances are your body is trying to send you a message. Let’s have a look at a couple of the common causes of mild to moderate foot pain:
The human foot is able to adapt to uneven terrain, under a wide variety of circumstances. However, most people today find themselves walking on one kind of surface: hard and flat. Unfortunately, human feet don’t do very well on this type of surface. To make matters worse, shoes are poorly designed to support the arches against these conditions. In fact, most shoes only fit by shoe size, which is the length of the foot from the heel to the end of the longest toe.
There are three things to consider when fitting the foot for footwear. They are:
- Foot length
- Foot width
- Arch size
Most shoes only fit your foot length. Some shoes take your foot width into account, but no shoe can accurately fit your arch size. While some shoes may include “arch support inserts,” those inserts likely have not been measured to your arch. This is why Good Feet Certified Arch Support Fitters are trained to take specific measurements to personally fit you for our arch supports.
If your feet hurt, you may just be experiencing the side-effects of years of wearing ill-fitting shoes. When was the last time you had your foot measured for shoe size by a professional? Chances are you haven’t been sized since your last growth spurt. And in the meantime, you may be wearing shoes that are slightly too large, too small, too wide, or too narrow. You also may be wearing shoes that aren’t supportive enough, or shoes that are inappropriate for the kinds of activities you do.
Experts agree that when the feet hurt, the number-one culprit is often poorly fitting shoes. Stop by your local Good Feet store, and a Certified Arch Support Fitter will take specific measurements of your feet, to find arch supports and shoes in your size, for all three dimensions of your feet. Imagine how much better your feet can feel in shoes that fit your arches, and your feet!
Too Much Contact With Hard Surfaces
Hard surfaces are never good for the feet. In fact, the feet adapt best to surfaces that fill the shape of the arch, such as sand, silt, mud or grass. Unfortunately, not many of us get the chance to walk on surfaces that are good for our feet anymore. Most people make a living walking and standing on tile, concrete, wood, or dense carpet. Over time, this puts immense strain on the feet!
Your muscles, tendons and ligaments of the foot try their best to keep the shape of your arches, but if you’re spending too much time on flat surfaces, eventually the pressure of your body weight can cause the arches to flatten. As the arches flatten, the muscles can gradually become weaker, and unable to support the feet or the body. This means that the delicate tendons and ligaments in your feet gradually stretch and pull too much, as they pull together to keep your arch intact!
Everyone knows that walking on hard surfaces makes your feet hurt, but most people assume that your feet can get used to it after a while. Unfortunately, the opposite is true; if you keep standing and walking on hard surfaces without arch supports, the gradual flattening of your arches can make the pain worse! Thankfully, there is good news. Wearing custom-fit arch supports can help your arches pull themselves back together.
When you wear Good Feet arch supports, your feet are supported in the shape of the Ideal Foot, and all the weight of your body is evenly distributed through each muscle, tendon, and ligament in both your feet. Good Feet arch supports are built to support you through anything, on even the hardest of surfaces, all day. With Good Feet arch supports doing the hard work of supporting your arches, your feet can be re-aligned, and pain-free.