Fitness experts believe that the feet, while often forgotten during exercise, are the very foundation of one’s physical well-being. According to Katy Bowman, biomechanist and founder of Restorative Exercise Institute, when the feet are strengthened so are the entire body’s balance and stability.
“The feet are perhaps the most neglected complex structure in the body,” stated Bowman. APMA spokesman Dr. Howard Osterman had similar sentiments, stating that most foot injuries occur because of overuse or a lack of proper foot support. “We don’t need the toes to have the dexterity of fingers but we do need some dexterity,” he said. “We need the muscles to have strength.”
The Importance of Proper Foot Support
Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support.
Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.
The arch is the most important part of the foot, which is where most of the support and balance of your feet lies. The arch of your foot varies in height, and as you age, this height can change. Proper foot support will help musculoskeletal issues, which causes inactivity or disability.
When looking for shoes that give proper support to your feet, you should refrain from wearing ill-fitting shoes. If footwear is too tight, this can affect the body’s posture, stress, bone deformities, and other foot and back pain. Therefore, it is important that shoes fit well in order to avoid these complications.
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