Fix Your Shoes Or You Lose

The topic today is about shoe WIDTH in the toe box and the toes. The toe box is the area in your shoe which is the widest part just forward of your arch. If this area is too narrow; it will squeeze your foot from side to side.

This forces ANOTHER arch in your foot and makes your body unstable. This is not the long arch that we all know about, but a second arch which goes from side to side. This arch is then forced upward.

Anything that forces either of these arches upward, even a little bit, will alter the mechanics of your ankles, knees, hips, and upper body. This causes re-injury, and makes your body lean forward. When it leans forward it feels worse and functions worse than it otherwise would – even if you are getting adjusted correctly and regularly.

To know what this is doing to you please test it for yourself.

Choose some tight shoes without any arch support in them. Then, stand upright without your shoes on and feel how stable you are. Next, put your shoes on and stand up again. If you are more stable with your shoes on then the shoes are helping (because they may be a bit higher in back like a heel lift). If you are less stable then it is most likely that the shoes are squeezing an arch into your foot.

To fix this you might try having the shoes stretched. To see if it worked just do the same test that you did above. If it worked then you should more stable than - or as stable as- without the shoes.

To learn more about shoes and how much fixing them can help read the back issues of this ezine. There are now some very helpful products to help your standing posture and prevent re-injury. You can find out more about them at The Total Comfort Store.


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