Shoes play an important role in keeping your body in proper alignment, providing stability, and protecting your feet.

1. Correct Your Posture and Reduce Pain

As humans, we are not symmetrical and that is normal; however, sometimes these asymmetries can lead to aches and pains in the feet, ankles, knees, hips, or low back.

With proper footwear, we can make corrections for leg length discrepancies, pronation of the feet, and pelvic alignment. Also, it can reduce pain for those with plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and sciatica, to name a few.

2. Provide You With Better Grip

The grip of our shoes is very important depending on the type of activity you are participating in.

Example: A hiking shoe will have more grip than a walking shoe so that you are able to grab onto rocks and uneven terrain.

The amount of grip provided can also help with balance and stability so that you are less likely to fall.

Athletes will use different types of spikes, grips, and pegs on their shoes which will allow them to pivot and change directions quickly without foot/ankle injuries. Having the right shoes for the appropriate activity is key. 

3. Protect Your Feet

Shoes can eliminate the chances of contracting fungal infections or sores on the feet. This can be extra important for individuals that have diabetes or are older in age, as our skin heals more slowly. This makes us more susceptible to infection due to these open wounds.

Kimberly Painter, PT, DPT  is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy at Mettler Center. 

Call 217-398-9800 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with a physical therapist.