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The Importance of Proper Footwear for Injury Prevention

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The Importance of Proper Footwear for Injury Prevention

Whether you're an Olympic athlete or a school teacher, wearing the right footwear during day-to-day activities can help to stop aches and pains in their tracks. When your shoes don't fit properly, it can be more than just uncomfortable—it can cause damage to your weight-bearing joints too.

How Your Footwear Affects Your Joints

When you spend a lot of time on your feet, it is essential to provide them with adequate support for your activity as well as minimize harmful impact. This is especially true if you have flat feet, as your arches require additional support that can require orthotics to prevent aches and pains.

Wearing the wrong footwear can result in any of the following injuries and conditions:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splints
  • Stress fractures
  • Sprained ankle

It is also important to note that wearing the wrong footwear can also exacerbate the pain associated with existing problems in your feet, ankles, knees, and hips.

Signs You Need to Switch Out Your Footwear

Although you may try to push through the pain when you’re wearing your favorite shoes, it isn’t the best idea when it comes to your joint health. If you notice any of the following, it may be time to invest in a new pair:

  • Your shoes impact the way you walk or run.
  • Your tread is worn down, especially if it’s worn down on one side.
  • Your feet feel sore after your activity.
  • You get blisters from your shoes.

Orthopedic Care in Fox Valley

At Fox Valley Orthopedics, we can help you get back to a pain-free, comfortable life. If you have been dealing with aches and pains that have lasted for more than a week, don’t put off getting help another day. Call (630) 584-1400 today to schedule your appointment.

Call (630) 584-1400 for more information or to schedule your next appointment today!