You've never been one for crazy stilettos.
But a nice pair of heels was just part of being professional and looking the part back before you retired. Low, reasonable heels.
Good, sturdy hiking boots are just what you wear to go hiking…right?
And ever since your feet started bothering you, everyone's told you to choose supportive shoes.
You've been trying to do all the right things but somehow your feet still hurt.
And that's because most shoes -- whether your nicest heels, the sensible sandals you take travelling or even your trusty hiking boots -- are TERRIBLE for your feet.
It's not your fault -- you've tried to buy shoes that feel good and look good. But the biggest root cause of all foot problems is that shoe companies are making shoes for fashion, protection and support -- and not for healthy feet.
The truth is, human feet are supposed to be extremely strong and mobile. You can see this from their structure, with 26 bones and 33 joints in each foot. They're supposed to be wider at the toes than at the heel, they're supposed to have a muscular and supportive arch structure and they're supposed to be flat on the ground, not lifted at the heel.
If your shoes have pointy toes, they've been pinching your foot bones together.
If your shoes have any lift at the heel, they've been pitching your whole body weight forward so you're squashing the front of your foot.
And if your shoes have rigid soles, they're stopping your foot muscles from getting strong and flexible.
I'd bet a million dollars that your shoes all have a combination of narrow toes, raised heels, and rigid bottoms. Go check and then come back to find out what you need to do about it.
What You Need
You need to slowly transition to foot-friendly shoes that will let your feet return to a more natural shape and naturally build strength and mobility. And you need to support your transition with gentle exercises that help you build strong, capable feet.