Our ancestors at first protected their feet with animal skins. These were simply wrapped around the foot and allowed it to move, stretch and bend at will. There have been a lot of changes to the concept of “shoes” since then. At the present time, shoes have come under the radar of the fashion scene and is worn to impress.

It is found that most women at some point of their lives will have worn high heels as a fashion statement. In most cases, wearing shoes so high can cause the entire body to become poised at an unnatural angle.

The foot also, can become so narrow and cramped restricting muscle movement, hence making it hard to maintain body balance. If the body isn’t aligned properly, the hips and knees can’t function normally, which results in backache.

According to the survey, by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) almost three-quarters of the women wear high heel shoes on a regular basis, while 39 percent admit to wearing high heels every day! [1]

Wearing The Wrong Shoes

Most  people are born with healthy feet, but only realize how important foot care is when they start to develop problems. If your foot starts to hurt while you walk, you’ll start to hate walking. By doing so you develop other health complexities such as loss of stamina, weight gain, and can be more susceptible to blood clots.

Wearing the wrong kind of shoe is a major cause of foot pain. High heels are the biggest contributor to foot problems experienced by women. However, foot problems in men are mostly seen when they’re wearing the wrong shoe, such as while exercising in trainers which may be too tight or provides very little support.

62 percent of women wear heels at least 2 inches high, 83 percent wear heels for style and another 72 percent wear the shoes to complete their wardrobe.

Here are the top three noticeable red flags that can tell you are wearing the wrong pair of shoes:

Poor circulation – Numbness and blisters

Painful foot can be avoided if you take adequate care of them by keeping a check on the warning signs. Serious illnesses such as diabetes, arthritis, poor blood circulation, cold feet, cramps, sore foot, changing skin color, numbness, infected foot, etc. are all symptoms that you should check with the doctor.

Don’t wait for your feet to feel that your shoes hurt. Make sure you check to spot these red signs early on – cuts, swelling, blisters, or infected toenails.

Sacrificed comfort for looks

When looking to buy shoes, remember, both your foot size may not be the same. Choose shoes that give your toes the longest room to move, but just quite enough. Go shoe shopping in the later part of the day as the feet usually swell during the day and your measurements may suffer as a result.

Make sure there are no inner seams that could chafe the foot. Purchase shoes with closed backs that provides the maximum support to your foot. No matter what the foot problem, there are shoes manufactured that look great, stay great, and most importantly feel great as well.

Wearing shoes too old

If you’re overusing your shoes for walking or training, make sure you get them changed every 9 to 12 months as they may no longer be able to provide superior support. Other signs that you need a shoe upgrade is that the pair is noticeably creased or each are aligned to one side when you examine their appearance on a flat surface.

Wear shoes that are comfortable and keep your foot in top condition. Wash feet daily, avoid wearing socks with elastic tops; moisturize them well at night. Keep your feet healthy by performing special foot exercises.