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Why We Sell Only Healthy Shoes Like Birkenstock and Finn Comfort
Many of the commercially available shoes on the market today for both men and women are not only uncomfortable but are actually designed with flaws that affect the health of the foot. The reason behind this is that most shoes are designed simply for appearance or the illusion of comfort with little or no thought given to the long-term health of the feet of the wearer. It is important to keep in mind that even though a shoe may feel comfortable for daily walking, if it is designed without long-term foot health in mind, the wearer may be doing a disservice to the health of their feet.
A perfect example of this occurs when a majority of women switch from wearing heeled boots during the colder months to wearing flip-flop sandals during the summer months. Many women will complain of a tingling in their feet or a loss of feeling. This is due to the overcompensation of the heel and arch contrasted to the lack of support offered by the sandal. After a few seasons of being subjected to this, the foot can suffer some serious damage including pinched nerves and permanent shape change. Another example of this occurs with the high heels that women wear. While most women do not expect their high heels to be comfortable for long-term wear, they often find that after years of wearing them, they are uncomfortable in anything but high heels. This is because the tendon will actually shrink when subjected to long-term exposure to shoes that are designed without foot health in mind.
Men are not immune to these problems as their formal shoes and running shoes are designed for appearance and temporary comfort, again neglecting the health of the wearer. A condition known as hammertoe is found in both men and women who wear poorly designed or ill-fitting shoes that force the toes into an uncomfortable and cramped position. For those that spend a lot of time on their feet in poorly designed shoes, fatigue may occur along with leg, joint and foot pain. This can lead to a lack of productivity at best and work place injury at worst. Prolonged standing in shoes that were not designed with health in mind can lead to pain that begins in the foot but soon travels to other parts of the body, effecting the overall enjoyment and quality of life of the wearer.
When selecting footwear it is important to remember that the foot was designed perfectly the way that it is and shoes that reflect this natural design such as those made by Birkenstock and Finn Comfort are the best choice for long-term health. Their shoes allow for the right amount of support coupled with the proper amount of freedom of movement of the toes. They are designed of materials that help the foot to breathe properly. Both of these footwear manufacturers strive to create shoes and sandals that form to the natural shape of the foot, enabling the wearer to walk the way that nature intended.
Summertime is coming and the last thing you want is to have bent up hammer toes sticking out of those cool new sandals from Happy Feet Plus. If you want your feet to look as great as those new sandals read on.
What if you have been wearing shoes that are too tight either in width or length? One outcome could be hammer toes. Sometimes hammer toes are an inherited (thanks mom and dad) or are the result of earlier trauma. But most often result from wearing ill-fitting shoes.
If you recognize early enough that you are developing hammer toes and you begin wearing properly fitting footwear (from Happy Feet Plus, of course) you can stop, or at least slow, the progression of the ailment. Early recognition and correction is important. If you continue to wear ill-fitting shoes not only will your feet turn ugly but you’ll most likely develop bunions, corns and calluses.
There is hope. Treatment begins when you decide to stop wearing those high heel pointy-toe shoes. Instead look for shoes that have a soft roomy toe box. Manufacturers such as Birkenstock, Finn Comfort, Birki’s, Alpro, Footprints, Tatami, Papillio produce a wide selection of footwear that will help alleviate hammer toes. Footwear from these manufacturers typically have wide toe boxes and exceptional arch support.