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How the Types of Shoes You Wear Can Affect Your Knees12th November 2020
A normal day of walking can put around 100,000 tonnes of pressure on your feet. Today, people choose fashionable footwear over practicality, choosing shoes that don’t support their feet properly over ones that do.
That’s why the team at Reiker has conducted research to find solutions for you, as investing in the right footwear can prevent issues that develop over time, including problems with the knees, which affect people of all ages. As they always say, prevention is better than cure.
Your hips and knees are the largest joints in your body and are solely responsible for holding your weight. Your knees have been designed purely for mobility and balance when moving, providing equal weight distribution to help support the rest of your body and let you move easily.
Shoes tend to alter the positioning of your feet over a period of time, and not wearing reflexive shoes can force your knee to bend more with each step to take the shock impact. The muscles at the front of your thigh also end up working harder to ‘push off’ if the soles are not responsive enough, which results in a strain on your leg joints.
The solution for this is to invest in reflexive shoes that offer shock absorption, as well as solid thick soles that help support and put that spring back into your step. You should check the soles of any footwear you buy for any subtle changes in height or a small heel, as a shoe with a heel can affect how your knee bends, resulting in more pressure being applied on your joints. Wearing heels or pumps is okay in moderation, but if your everyday shoe is a high heel, you should be looking into a better alternative.
Knowing when to replace your shoes is very important too. Experts recommend replacing your shoes every nine months; however, unlike running shoes, walking shoes can be replaced less often. The longer you wear a pair of shoes, the more its sole wears down, and depending on how you walk, the soles may have an uneven wear causing discomfort. It is also crucial to know that one shoe brand might work differently from another, so shop around and find out what works best for your feet. The type of shoe you choose to wear also depends on the characteristics of your feet, for instance, do you have an arch or are you flat footed?
If you’re not sure where to begin on your hunt for the perfect shoe, the team at Reiker can help with specially designed, fashionable shoes with an anti-stress system in place, so you don’t have to abandon trends in order to have comfortable footwear.
Should you still feel severe knee pains despite changing your footwear, please consult a specialist as there could be a number of other factors affecting your knees.