Foot health is one of the most underrated health problems of the 21st century. According to The College of Podiatry, between 75% and 80% of American adults have some sort of foot-related health problems. These can include:
- Toenail infections
- Inflamed tendons (tendinitis)
- Hammer toe
Since most of us need our feet to do such simple, necessary tasks as walking or standing, it’s important that we take the utmost care of them. One of the best ways to do this is by making sure that we are wearing optimal footwear throughout the day, as this has a huge impact on the health of our feet. In fact, most problems with foot health are caused by poor use of footwear. This is why I’m going to show you four simple shoe hacks that will increase the comfort of your shoes and improve your foot health at the same time.
Blow Drying Your Shoes
One of the main causes of health problems is the feet are tight-fitting shoes. Shoes that are too small for one’s foot can have a serious impact on the structure of the foot when worn for long periods of time. This can result in conditions such as bunions, hammertoes and ingrown toenails.
One of the best ways to stretch your shoes and make them a better fit for you is by using heat. If you don’t want to risk burning your shoes to a crisp in the oven, a hair dryer is probably the best option for this. This will also help you break in new, stiff shoes instead of having to walk around in discomfort for weeks on end.
Sanding the Soles
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Another problem many people have with their shoes is a lack of friction, making it harder for them balance. Not only does this increase their chances of slipping, falling and damaging any number of body parts, but it also puts a strain on the foot muscles. Since the shoes don’t provide an adequate amount of balance, the muscles and tendons in the foot are strained trying to make up for that, resulting in tight, strained feet and inflamed tendons.
In order to improve the friction of your shoes’ soles, lightly sand the bottom of your shoes using sandpaper so that they have a grittier, rougher texture. This will improve the shoes’ grip and put less of a strain on the muscles in your foot.
Freezing Your Shoes
If you don’t want to use heat to reshape your shoes, then you could always use extreme cold. This is another method of expanding your shoes to help them fit you better, however it is a bit more direct than the blow-drying method.
Simply fill two Ziploc bags full of water and place one of them in each of your shoes. Put them in the freezer and wait for the water to become ice. This should successfully have expanded your shoes from the inside out, making them a more comfortable fit. Remember to let the ice thaw before you remove the bags, because if you’re too impatient you might end up with broken shoes rather than comfortable ones.
Taping Your Toes Together
Wearing narrow fitting shoes, such as high heels, can put a strain on your toes and can cause significant pain along with other health problems. This is because the nerves running through the toes and feet can be seriously affected by this constant compression.
Try taping two of your toes together to provide some form of cushioning and stability to your toes. You can also put a piece of cotton in between the two most affected toes to provide further cushioning and comfort.
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