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Women’s Foot Health: Avoid High Heels, Wear Tennis Shoes

Please raise your hand if you have ever felt victimized by your shoes. Over the past few months there has been some chatter about an existing trend in footwear that is being revived with new styles that is giving a new definition to the word glamour and happy feet. Not surprising, it is sneakers and tennis shoes that have resurfaced in a fearless way and is taking the fashion industry by storm. This trend not only makes an outfit look outstanding, tennis shoes and sneakers provide many health benefits that you probably never thought about before.

Happy Feet Are Healthy Feet

Sneakers and tennis shoes are one of the most popular type of shoes that have been around since the 1800’s when they were developed by the Liverpool Rubber Company as beachwear and called plimsolls. They were a lightweight and flexible luxury shoe made for people who could afford to play in various outdoor sports, mainly tennis. The name sneaker was coined in the 1800’s by some school boys who found that because of the soft soles, they were able to sneak around undetected. If you buy a pair of these shoes today to exercise, for health reasons, get into shape, play hard, or for style these shoes are commonly called tennis shoes, athletic shoes, or sneakers. Why have sneakers and tennis shoes remained so popular after decades? Lets look at a few of the common reasons.

Mechanics of tennis shoes and sneakers

  • Designed for quick start and stops
  • Prevents ankle rolling
  • Designed for slippery surfaces
  • Acts as shock absorption
  • Adjusts to the terrain
  • Changes the mechanics of how you walk or run
  • Designed for a smooth stride

Health Benefits

  • Flat feet

People with flat feet require stable shoes that support their low arch and customarily people with flat feet were required to wear orthopedic shoes. Today there are many tennis shoes available that cater to the needs of flat footed people to eliminate the foot discomfort and potential injuries caused by inadequate footwear. If you have flat feet you may want to check out a few of these sneakers to accommodate your needs, Gel cushioning, Air Max cushioning, Heel cushioning, and the Herringbone.

  • Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain where the bottom of your foot hurts when you stand or walk and accounts for approximately 15% foot problems. It is caused by straining the the ligaments that support your arch which is commonly caused by wearing shoes that don’t provide adequate support or fit properly. The best way to manage this type of foot problem is to wear shoes that provide proper support and what better way to that is by investing into a pair of tennis shoes or sneakers that provides the best support for managing your pain. If you want to check out the top shoes for plantar fasciitis you can find them at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS2Me6cWqoA

  • Over pronation

Pronation is when the foot rolls inward and the arch of the foot flattens. During walking or running, the lower leg, knee and thigh all rotate internally (medially) and with an over-pronation  this rotation inwards movement is exaggerated increasing  stresses on the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the foot, lower leg including the shin and knee as the limb rotates in too far.  There are some very cool tennis shoe styles that will help with this foot issue and make you feel stylish in the process. Check some of these styles out at www.reviewgem.com/best-shoes-overpronation

  • Back Support

Okay everyone this is a big one because over 80% of people worldwide will experience some type of back pain in their lifetime. Have you heard the phrase “your body needs proper head to toe alignment.” I know there are several reasons why people experience this type of pain, but we are going to address the “toe alignment.” You can maintain ground alignment with good supportive tennis shoes and sneakers and by avoiding high heel shoes. You may wonder what shoes have to do with it, shoes are important for hip and spinal alignment because your feet form the base for the rest of your body and by accommodating the biomechanics of your feet this can help reduce back pain depending on its cause. A trick to knowing if you are not aligned properly is to look at the soles of your shoes and notice the wear on the area on your soles. If the heels strike the ground slightly on the outside or lateral edge which causes wear on this area of your soles, you have normal alignment. If the soles are worn down directly in the middle of the heel area or the inside or medial edge, there can be increased risk for knee problems, hip issues and thus low back pain. If you are experiencing back pain, invest in yourself and a pair of well supportive tennis shoe or sneakers that support cushion, stability, and motion control.

  • Wide Feet

Having wide feet and wearing tight shoes is a recipe for foot pain, heel pain, and ache pain. I am so excited because tennis shoes and sneakers accommodated wide feet and extra wide feet.  This is where my experience gets personal.  A few years ago I was involved in a work related incident and my foot has to accommodate a brace due to drop foot and nerve damage. I am not sure about anyone else but the shoes that do accommodate a brace, they were not for me.  I was embarrassed with my footwear because it was obvious that I had a brace on and wanted a better solution to hide it.  Given the fact that I love shoes and was very limited in style, well lets just say it was depressing.  Then I discovered tennis shoes and sneakers both came in an assortment of widths, styles and colors that fit my personal preference and concealed any sign of a brace.  I also found that on the days that I did not want to wear my brace due to pressure points and pain, high tops provided me with support, poppin colors, and an assortment of trendy fashionable styles.

Below is a picture of some of the problems and common complaints that women develop by high heels and poorly fitting shoes cause.

Life Has Never Been So Simple

This latest trend of fashion has just made our lives easier because it rocks with all of our outfits from dresses and skirts to jeans and a t-shirt while provides not only relief from foot pain, but also preventing future foot problems. There are many different styles of sneakers and tennis shoes which reflects your unique lifestyle and personality. So why not check out the wide variety of tennis shoes and sneakers and make your feet healthy and happy and rock all the styles you love to wear in a fashion forward way.

  • Keeps your feet feeling good and healthy

  • High tops

  • Low tops

  • Trending

  • Classic white

  • Great for proper foot mechanics

  • Slip-on or Loafers

  • Trainers

  • Retro

  • Statement makers

  • Colorful and fun

 

You can make a statement wearing anyone of these styles whether you wear the classic white, kick it up with multi-colored, or retro but either way your feet will never look or feel  so good.

If you really want to step out of the box, in 2016 Nike launched their Back to the Future II inspired self-lacing sneakers. Just be ware you are not looking at a modest price tag, these highly anticipated sneaks can set you back $750+more can be seen on Pinterest.

If you would like to leave a comment or would like to add any type of feedback I would love to hear from you. And in case you want to learn more about managing heel pain check out this easy to understand step-by-step guide to COMPLETELY eliminating the pain and discomfort of Plantar Fasciitis at

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12 Comments

  1. Great site, excellent tips with summer just around the corner. Thanks for the advice. All the best.

    • Thank you for visiting, summer is greatly anticipated, but the hidden problems can become a scary situation.

  2. Hi Dana,
    Thank you for the great info you gave on your article. I used to wear high heels before I had my son, but I probably wear them 4 times a year now. I just prefer to be comfortable and its quicker and easier to run errands that way. I totally agree that happy feet are healthy feet and your health should always come first.

    • Hi Melanie,

      I used to wear high heel too but always had problems within an hour. I found that comfort is a must and really like the tennis shoe and sneaker styles because they can be worn with just about anything and look great. I hope you had a chance to check out the store because there are some amazing shoes out this year. Thank you for visiting my site.

    • Hi DeAnn,
      thank you for visiting my website. It is very important to take care of one’s feet. The wrong kind of shoes can cause multiple problems with skin, bone, tendons, and circulation. Wearing the correct type of shoe is very important for not only maximizing stability, comfort, and support to the foot but also the ankle, leg, and spine. Tennis shoes and sneakers have been around for years and have continuously offered designs specifically for a chosen activity or sport. However; today’s styles offer a wide selection of women’s sneakers that can range from the casual everyday look to fashionable trendy styles. They can match almost anything in our wardrobe and we ca look fabulous wearing them.

  3. I’ve always thought that it would be great if women could find a shoe that looked great and didn’t present the health issues that exist with high heels. Easy for a man to say – I wear nothing but runners. What I appreciate about this post is not just the fashion statements – but all the explanations as to the benefits of tennis shoes, sneakers over flat feet, pronation and so on. Not to mention the fact that sneakers will take you from 0 to 60 in six seconds. Great post. Thanks.

    • Hi Neil,
      Thank you for visiting my website. I was amazed at how many women go through the day thinking sore feet is a normal part of life. A foot contains more than 50 bones, 60 joints and 200 muscles, tendons, and ligaments that take a massive amount of continuous pounding everyday. Because the heart pumps blood to the feet and they are the farthest part of the body from the heart, there are numerous medical condition that can severely threaten your health. Shoes that don’t provide proper support or properly fit put an enormous amounts of stress on your feet and tennis shoes and sneakers offer support and comfort while reducing foot pain, increasing circulation, and helping a person walk with a more healthy movement pattern. Additionally; styles of tennis shoes and sneakers are constantly evolving and have hit the fashion industry with a bang and offer the hottest colors, prints, and styles that can be worn with just about anything. Runners are no exception, they offer support, stability and the styles and colors are awesome. Besides all the health benefits, who would not want a shoe that takes you from 0 to 60 in a matter of seconds.

  4. Hi Dana,

    Thanks for sharing a great helpful information about not to wear high heels shoes, it’s always better to wear another kind of shoes that are better for our health.

    High heel shoes are beautiful sometimes and makes me wanting to wear them often. But I’m not good at them.

    I love shoes low heel, 2 inches at the most, I wonder if they are ok for feet health.

    It’s good to know today employers allow women to wear more comfortable shoes at work places.

    I’m lucky to live in the country and most of the jobs are related to farming, so it’s not hard to see women wearing nice and comfortable shoes as the good you share here.
    I will take a look at Pinterest.
    Alejandra.

    • Hi Alejandra,

      any high heels that puts your foot in a plantarflexed (foot pointed downward) position can jeopardizes your feet because it increases the amount of pressure on your forefoot. This can make your lower body lean forward thus making the upper body lean back to keep your balanced which is not a normal body position. This can cause ankle, knee, and hip problems and increase risk for injury. This is not to say you should never enjoy these beautiful shoes, but they should be worn in moderation and worn on special occasions which will potentially save money and trips to the podiatrist’s office. If you like the look of two inch heels maybe check out the wedge heels so there is not so much pressure on the heel and calf. Thank you so much for visiting me site and sharing your feedback, I would love to know if you found anything helpful on Pinterest, they are up to date with all types of trendy sneakers and tennis shoes when heels are not a logical alternative or you just need to give your feet a break.

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