A year ago my wife was the inspiration behind a post about shoes and bad knees. Last week she came to the conclusion she may have to give up heels over two inches in order to take some of the pressure off her knees.
After a month of wearing most of the flat shoes in her closet her knees are hurting but not as much as in the heels. Even though she is not happy with possibly having to give up cute shoes she is more concerned about comfort at this point.
Restating what was covered a year ago larger individuals like my wife and I depend on our knees, therefore having them go out is not an option for us. To restate, it is extremely important to wear proper fitting shoes.
A few things to keep in mind when purchasing shoes is:
- Is the shoe the right size
- Does the shoe give proper support for your arches
- Does the shoe support your foot from heel to toe
Buying shoes today is not like it was 30 years ago when no matter what store you frequented, there was a person to measure your foot and steer you to shoes that fit your individual foot. Today’s shoe culture is full of buffet style choices with little help from store personnel, leaving the final choice up to the consumer, which is part of the reason that plus size women and big and tall men are making the wrong selections all the time in regard to shoes.
I realize it is a vanity thing for ladies when it comes to shoes, but lets think of this logically. If you look at shoe shopping as the same as bra shopping, then being properly measured before making your purchase will lead to fewer cases of bad knees, sore feet, and bad backs.