Not to get too medical here, but ill-fitting shoes not only have you limping in pain for weeks after wearing them, they can cause a number of those nasty foot deformities your grandma complains of, including hammertoes and bunions… Yikes!
So that you can safely stalk when the clearance sales call your name, follow these golden rules to a ensure a Cinderella-eque fit:
1. Make sure that they fit right from the start. If they don't feel right, they probably ain't right.
2. The shoe should form a snug, but not a tight fit in the forefoot and heel areas. Resist squeezing your foot into a style or size hoping it will stretch or that already shows signs of pinching.
With studios, gyms and pools closed and exercise among the few legitimate reasons people are allowed to venture out of the house, you only need to look around at local parks and running tracks to see the spike in people engaging in running-based exercise.
Whilst our body relies on exercise and movement to maintain metabolic function, postural strength, conditioning and mental health, it is particularly important during this time to employ simple strategies to create a sustainable exercise routine and avoid injury setbacks.
During this time, it is essential that you uplevel your self-management strategies.