Each shoe style can work your feet differently, so having different types of shoes is actually healthy.
Of course having the right shoes is important.
You do need some “minimal” shoes—shoes that mimic your bare feet by not having too much stiff arch support or a restrictive toe area with a incorporating a very thin, flexible sole—tend to have stronger, stiffer feet than those who wear traditional shoes.
Here are some health checks for your shoes you can do right now:
1. How fast can you walk without your feet hurting in your shoes? Are you slower than your friends? or a lot slower than you used to be
2. Check the bottoms of your shoes are you wearing them out unevenly?
3. How many days do you reach 11,000 steps without being at all sore? That is only a 10% increase on your daily 10,000 steps, you should be in good enough shape for that!
4. Do you get calf or toe cramps in your shoes when walking fast?
5. Check out a video of yourself: are you waddling, dragging your feet, do your hips or knees just look awkward, or do you have a hitch to your step? All are probably do not only to your shoes but poor gait!
6. Do you have the right shoe for HITT class or for spinning class, also can be foot healthy or not so healthy.
At Women’s Health Practice we’d love to discuss all aspects of your fitness health!