Preserving Foot Shape
If you were fortunate to be born with healthy feet, then the shape of those feet is very important to your overall anatomy. Good sneakers conform to your shape and help to preserve it. Bad sneakers do not. Your feet will actually conform to them, and that can have a substantial effect on your joints.
Good sneakers not only conform to your feet but have the padding to protect them from undue wear and tear. With poor sneakers, this kind of abuse leads to soreness and even outright pain. No one wants foot pain, but how does that affect your joints? Well, without even thinking about it, you are compensating in order to minimize that pain. That compensation affects your posture as well as your gait, and that can have a serious effect on your joints.
A big reason why it’s so important to establish a good posture—including while being active—and to reinforce that posture through your sneakers is to avoid undue joint stress. Joint strain or pressure can even lead to damage as well as predispose you to osteoarthritis and other joint conditions. Studies have shown that you’re actually better off running barefoot than running in low-quality sneakers.
Exacerbating Existing Conditions
People with existing conditions must take great care since that additional strain will often exacerbate their preexisting conditions. There is, for instance, a great deal of professional advice available on how to choose the best footwear for arthritis. Stability sneakers that have a cushioned midsole, help with motion, absorb impacts and distribute weight evenly are often what is recommended.
Causing Joint Conditions
You don’t have to be dealing with a joint condition or be aware of one to be damaging your joints. As mentioned earlier, people can make themselves predisposed to osteoarthritis, and this is true even among people who would not otherwise be predisposed. It is also true that people can be affected with such conditions much earlier in life than would otherwise be likely.
If you’re someone that is experiencing pain in your feet or any aspect of your legs or hips, then you should invest in better sneakers and better shoes in general. If you’re still skeptical, consider consulting with a podiatrist—a foot doctor. You may be amazed at what you discover.