Which boots are made for walking?

Which Boots Are Made for Walking?

In Products by Alnoor Ladhani, Chiropodist

Boots are often an attractive clothing option for both women and men. A nice boot really completes an outfit, but what are you sacrificing to get that perfect look? You do not need to compromise your foot health for fashion, despite what many people tend to accept as an unavoidable consequence.

Your boots can make you feel great in both mind and body when you look for the right features in your chosen footwear. The dimensional shapes and angles of your boots are important. Every area of a boot should act to support and maintain the function of your feet when you walk.

Boot Design

The design of your boots plays a large part in how your footwear affects your feet. There are three important spots to consider in a boot. When you purchase boots, you will want a toe box that is wide enough to accommodate your toes comfortably. If your toes are crowded in the boot, you can expect to experience problems.

Supportive boot sole

No matter what style of boot, arch support is extremely important. If your arches are not supported, there will be unnecessary strain on your feet, which can lead to a number of conditions. Bad arch support does not only impact the feet – the legs, pelvis, and back are also affected by inadequate arch support.

Most people are aware that buying footwear with a tight toe box and poor arch support is bad for the feet. However, stability is an area of support that is often neglected when purchasing boots. Most notably, side-to-side stability is a feature in the design of footwear that many manufacturers are now aiming to improve. A particular area of focus is how side-to-side stability affects the forces and mechanisms of the foot through the phases of walking.

High-heeled boots

High-heeled boots are notoriously difficult to walk in. However, that is not where your problems end. Wearing high-heeled boots cause extra load weight on your forefeet, which causes issues with the function of the feet, supporting ligaments, or nerve tissue.

Foot supported in boot

Conditions include capsulitis, which causes inflammation of ligaments supporting the toes. Pinched nerves, or neuromas, are another condition that is aggravated by wearing high-heeled boots. If you have bunions, your high-heeled boots will not treat them kindly. However, some patients have reported that wearing 1.5-inch heeled boots has helped with heel conditions such as Achilles tendonitis.

Purchasing and Care

You can test boots before you purchase them to ensure that they will offer the right level of support. A stable boot will not bend easily. If you can bend a boot so that the toe touches the heel or open end of the boot, it will not provide adequate support. The same applies to side-to-side movements.

How and when you wear your boots is also important. As much as you may love a particular boot, it is not a good idea to wear the same footwear constantly. Changing your footwear will prevent your feet from settling into abnormal functions.

Your boots may become wet from sweating or getting caught in the rain. Take your boots off as soon as you get home. Make sure they are completely dry before you wear them again. If you have diabetic neuropathy, it is important to wear boots with a diabetes insole.  If you’ve had custom insoles made for any reason, it is essential that the insoles work with any boots you purchase. You should test the insoles in the store rather than waiting until you get home.

Step By Step can provide further help and advice on footwear, as well as treating any foot conditions you are suffering due to ill-fitting boots.