What risks can fans of trendy, but not physiological shoes face? And which models are the most practical and safe to wear in the summer season? We answer these and other relevant questions in our material.
Most of the current summer trends demonstrated on the catwalks and noticed by influencers can be considered exclusively as objects of art. But wearing them in everyday life is not worth it, unless you have a desire to exchange a carefree vacation and summer walks for a long treatment. What fashion trends should be abandoned in order to preserve the health of the legs, we tell together with the executive director of the Podiatry League, the head of the Podiatr company, Formtotics expert Olga Borisovna Chizhevskaya.
Flip–flops are classics of the beach genre. And there (on the beach) they should stay, because if you wear your favorite slates in everyday life, nothing good will come of it. It is enough to remember how we tighten our fingers, trying to keep the shoes flying off in place. As a result, we get a constant overload of the muscles and ligaments of the foot. Another obvious disadvantage is that open shoes do not protect the foot from blows.
Of course, the heel is different from the heel. A lot has been said about the fact that stiletto shoes are not useful for our feet. Doctors especially warn against wearing unstable heels. Stilettos, piglets, glasses — leave them for photo shoots. Or know that after half an hour of wearing you will seriously overload the anterior part of the foot.
She is not prepared for “such a life”, which means that due to insufficient depreciation, all the above joints suffer (and are destroyed). In addition, shifting the body weight forward leads to curvature of the spine, lower back pain, etc.
Do you think that shoes without heels are perfect in themselves? That’s not so. Moreover, doctors urge to wear shoes with a small heel (2-3 cm). This is necessary in order not to overload the arches of the foot and, again, not to worsen its spring functions. But with a flat, and at the same time with a thin sole of ballet flats, it’s easier to literally knock your feet off the asphalt. By the way, the matter is not limited to legs: the lack of sufficient depreciation entails a concussion of all organs and systems.
The reincarnation of medieval wooden shoes delights fashionistas and saddens doctors. The stiff (rigid) sole prevents the natural rolling of the foot during the step and naturally overloads the muscles and ligaments. And due to the lack of a backdrop in the process of movement, we constantly “catch” the shoe, not letting it fly off. Hence the additional overload of the musculoskeletal system (as when wearing flip-flops).
Clogs made of polymer material, which have glorified a well-known brand, are good as an alternative to flip-flops, since they protect the foot from bumps against stones and other terrain. But their advantages end there, and the disadvantages inherent in flip-flops and the aforementioned clogs do not disappear anywhere.
Sandals with massive soles
They look organically with linen summer dresses and denim shorts. In 2022, many shoe brands included them in their collections. But they also prevent natural movement due to the rigidity of the sole, which means that it is not useful to walk in them for a long time and, by and large, it is impossible — the legs get tired too quickly.
One of the most popular types of shoes for summer and the quintessence of the sins of the shoe industry. There is also the thinnest sole, which “allows” you to beat your heels against the asphalt, and the complete absence of a form-resistant backdrop holding the foot.
Wedge sandals visually lengthen the legs. You can often hear that they are a favorite part of the summer wardrobe of the Duchess of Cambridge herself. However, from the point of view of biomechanics of walking, platform shoes are no better than the aforementioned clogs.
In addition, with not the most successful fixation of sandals on the leg with thin straps, the risk of twisting the leg and earning a sprain or even tearing of the ankle ligaments increases. An extremely unpleasant injury that requires a long recovery (about a month, or even longer).
Shoes made of transparent polymer
It seems that the designers decided to present us with a modern interpretation of those very crystal shoes. But they hardly thought about the fact that when we wear “non-breathing” shoes for a long time, we get swelling and the manifestation of fungal infections.
By the way, podiatrists would not approve of Cinderella’s outfit either. No wonder such an orthopedic problem as Haglund’s deformity is commonly called “Cinderella syndrome”. If the backdrop is too hard (crystal shoes definitely have one) it digs into the leg, there is a risk of getting a bone growth on the back of the heel.
After the story about the “non-breathing” shoes, it would be strange not to mention our favorite piece of country wardrobe. In addition to the risk of fungal diseases, rubber boots with an inflated boot are dangerous because they negatively affect the physiological pattern of walking, which entails a cascade of problems throughout the musculoskeletal system. Doctors recommend limiting the time of wearing such shoes to 2-3 hours.
The “perfect” pair that will save your legs
From the point of view of the podiatrist, the “ideal pair” is made of a “breathable” material, is well fixed on the foot, has a form—resistant back, a flexible sole and a small height difference between the heel and the forefoot (it is provided by a small heel or thickening of the sole – not so important).
If even when wearing physiological shoes, the legs get very tired in the evening, and pain in the foot and ankle have become a common phenomenon, it makes sense to visit a podiatrist. The fact is that any orthopedic problems (especially with weight gain, the presence of a weak plantar arch or repeated physical exertion) tend to progress. If you “grab” them at the stage of formation, there is a chance to prevent the development of serious pathologies with the help of preventive exercise therapy (the doctor will show which exercises are right for you).
In addition, modern full contact orthoses are recognized as a good “simulator” for the muscles of the foot and lower leg. They are formed individually on the foot from a thermoplastic material, form the optimal position of the foot and, as a result, the correct distribution of the load on the entire musculoskeletal system. At the same time, the muscles are trained to work in the right way, which means that in this way a whole bunch of troubles in the future are prevented.
There are many compensatory mechanisms in the human body. However, prolonged wearing of uncomfortable, non-physiological shoes greatly depletes resources. Everything is interconnected in the body, so we can say that it is light (physiological) gait is the key to a carefree life!
About the expert:
Executive Director of the Podiatry League, head of the Podiatr company, Formtotics expert.
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