When you get up and get ready every day, you may not realize how certain parts of your routine can be good or bad for you. You brush your teeth, do your hair, grab your things, put on your shoes, and leave.

You may need to ask yourself if those shoes are doing you any favors. Especially if you are active and on your feet all day. You could be hurting yourself if you aren’t careful. This article will help shed some light on your feet and why you should keep them in mind.

Here are some tips on choosing the right shoes for your needs:

1. Make sure your shoes have a stiff, supportive back. You shouldn’t be able to move your heel back and forth in the shoe.

2. The shoe should have some minor flexibility so you can move your feet the way you need. If you step on an uneven surface, the shoe should allow your foot to grab a few angles to prevent falling and especially to prevent rolling an ankle and spraining it.

3. The shoe should have at least ½ inch or more of space between the toe and the front of the shoe so you have room to move your toes a bit.

4. The shoe should provide the right kind of arch support for the arch in your feet. If you need more support for high arches, get some insoles for that. If your insoles are too big, consider finding another kind or cutting them to fit your shoes.

5. The shoe should be comfortable when you buy it, and not after breaking it in.

6. The shoe should fit the purpose. If you are running in the grass, maybe some cleats will help. If you are walking in mud or snow, choose boots. Do not wear flip flops or non supportive sandals on long distance walks.

7. It should be tight or loose enough to be comfortable and functional. Use your laces, straps or other options on the shoe to make it tighter, if the shoes have those features.

Now that we have went into more detail, you can probably see why the shoe situation is more important. Your feet support your whole body, are connected to many other muscles, and are important to care for.

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