5 Things to Consider if you Want to Avoid Doctor Visits
We all try to avoid doctor visits! Choosing the right pair of shoes is essential to our overall health. The average American person takes approximately five thousand steps per day, which is about two and a half miles! Spending much time on our feet with walking, running, jogging, and standing means having high-quality shoes made especially for the activity is very important.
For those who like to walk, a shoe with proper shock absorption as well as a smooth tread goes a long way in encouraging the natural roll of the foot during your walking motion.
Potentially for those who play sports, you want a shoe that is going to be long-lasting and able to take the abuse that comes from moving side to side, backward and forward. For these kinds of shoes, it is all dependent on the sole.
To avoid doctor visits for issues such as back pain, or other chronic problems, it starts by wearing shoes suitable for daily activities, and that fit correctly. Here are just a few suggestions for choosing the right shoe type and avoiding potential foot injuries, as well as costly doctor visits.
Wide Toe Box
With each step on the ground, the foot expands outward. Wearing a shoe with a wide area around the toes allows for expansion without constricting the foot which could lead to straining. You don’t want to have your foot crammed into a narrow shoe like a can of sardines. The foot needs to be able to expand and breathe or else it could lead to long-term growth problems.
If you’re looking for a shoe with a wide toe box, one of our top recommendations is the Reebok CrossFit Lite Lo Training Shoe. People love the wide toe box, minimal heel to toe drop, as well as excellent grip. You can check out the full review of this popular CrossFit shoe here:
Shoes that are connected to the foot by straps add a dimension of comfort and security. The strap wraps around the foot or ankle and at times provide stability and help with custom fit shoes. It will provide support, especially if wearing a platform or elevated shoe. Straps are more apparent in women’s shoes, especially dress shoes or sandals. Hikers are also prone to wear shoes with straps, which gives stability climbing hills or walking on dirt-laden trails.
An example of a shoe that does not attach are flip-flops. The toes have to work extra hard to keep the shoe on, which leads to stress on bones and ligaments. Over time this may cause stress fractures and chronic foot pain.
If you’re looking for a shoe with some serious stability, then you’ll need to consider a weightlifting shoe. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Finding the Best Weightlifting Shoe for some solid advice on choosing the pair for you.
No Heel Lift
Although heeled shoes may be stylish, they are terrible for the feet. Heeled shoes may cause decreased blood circulation in the lower extremities, leading to muscle spasms and pain. If you want to avoid doctor visits, then you’ll certainly need to avoid high heel shoes!
Heeled shoes put a great deal of stress on the calf muscles as well as the knees. If you have the opportunity to wear a flat-soled pump, that is better for your overall health.
According to Huffington Post, “the abnormal foot position from heel wearing makes the back of the heel bone prominent, and become a source of irritation against the counter of the shoe.” They go on to give a solution in which they say, “decrease heel height when you can.” Sometimes, it is healthier to have those flat feet entirely on the ground rather than risking some serious injury later on.
Some people love minimalist shoes. They are designed to help you replicate your natural gait, and have no heel lift. You can check out our Beginner’s Guide to Finding the Right Minimalist CrossFit Shoe for more details.
Pliable, Sturdy Sole
With each step, the foot will effortlessly walk with a sole that moves smoothly. The bottom should not be too hard, or too soft. You should be able to flex the shoe up and down. The toes are meant to bend a certain way. The soft tissues in your feet have to get stronger and do so my moving through a specific cycle called the ‘gait cycle.’ Soft soles are suitable for this kind of practice.
If you want to avoid doctor visits, then you’ll certainly need a sole that is not too hard, nor too soft.
Shoes that lace up make a sturdier fit than shoes that slip on. Ensure that the laces are tight enough to hold, but loose enough to not constrict blood flow. Lace-up shoes can adjust to changes in foot sizes.
Along with the right pair of shoes, visits with a chiropractor helps identify problems, as well as fix issues such as pain in the back, foot, hips, and legs. When shopping for shoes, be sure to try them on and walk around with them. Make sure they fit well and ask for help if unsure of a good fit.
As a rule of thumb, there should be a half inch distance from the tip of the shoe to the tip of the toe, and you should be able to fit your thumb in the back of the shoe. Do not purchase shoes that feel “too tight” and expect them to stretch.
Help in Choosing a Shoe that Will Avoid Doctor Visits
If you want to avoid doctor visits, then you’ll certainly need a top-quality pair of shoes. Consider the toe box (wide), straps (love them!), heel lift (minimal), sole (medium firmness), and laces (good!). Check out these articles for our top recommendations for CrossFit shoes that’ll work for you.