These days walking, jogging or exercise has become a part and parcel of life. And for this one needs shoes that are comfortable and safe for the feet. But this is no simple matter. Buying the right shoes is not about buying designer wear or branded shoes.
According to Dr. Bhaktiar Choudhary, who is a well-known name in the city for sports medicine insists that more than brand, it is the comfort that matters while buying a shoe. He says that, unlike tribals or farmers who do lots of physical work, human feet are soft and need support.
He further shares that in today’s world, we walk on hard surfaces such as marble, tiles, or stone. And that causes immense pressure on the feet he discloses. He further corroborates his stance by revealing that in the olden days, palaces would be carpeted so that the hard surface beneath would not touch the feet.
In fact, Dr. Choudhary is of the opinion that one must not walk barefoot in the house. Though there are a lot of misconceptions that walking barefoot increased blood circulation and good for the feet in general, Choudhary reiterates that one must wear comfortable footwear even at home. It is ideal to have one pair of shoes for home and another for work.
It is also important to check the size of the shoe before investing in it. If the toes overlap, then it’s a no-no. Similarly, if there is too much space between the toes and the tip of the shoe, it leads to discomfort.
Also, one must be aware of the Achilles tendon and make sure to wear proper footwear. Else, heel pain will be the consequence. As per Dr. Choudhary, women experience more foot pain than men as they dislike wearing footwear at home. Similarly, they would want to wear fancy footwear to work. Also, the doctor says flat footwear is a strict no-no, as heels help the feet stay healthy.
He also suggests that flat feet must be corrected before one turns 10 years. In all, instead of trying to be brand-perfect, it is best to invest in good pair of cross-training shoes and those with gel.
Last, but not least, Dr. Choudhary says one must change shoes at least once a year. And if unused, they must be replaced within one and half years as shoes tend to get harder as time goes by.