During this holiday season and into the new year, we are often wearing special attire, and that often means fancy shoes. Our shoes are our "tires" to our bodily vehicle.  Imagine if our automobile had tires in which the rubber had worn down significantly.  The tread is low, and needs more cushion in order so that the joints do not knock or rub on each other.  In sooner time, you'd need to take your car in for an alignment.  Similarly, if our shoes are altered by either less tread, cushion, or minimal support, our body's joints can suffer.  Problems from "subluxated" joints- improper foot-bone alignment into ankles, knees, hips, pelvis and spinal alignment can be altered and can create pain from the friction of the joint surfaces rubbing onto cartilage in the wrong manner.   

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        What would be a solution to all of this ?  Well, one would of course take their automobile into a mechanic for an alignment of the vehicle. 

Humans would take their body in for an alignment from their Chiropractor. 

All joints of the body are adaptable and do respond positively to being more in their naturally aligned state.  Less impingement on the nervous system can equal greater range-of-motion and better quality of life.  Improper footwear can cause degenerative changes in the muscles, joints, and connective fascial tissues of the feet, which have implications all the way up the spine to the neck and cranium.

Here are some tips on how to wear the shoes that you want to wear for the season or beyond:

1. Choose a shoe with a wide toe box and avoid pointy-toed shoes. Pointy-toed shoes can cause a common foot condition called "Halgus Valgus," or bunions.  Surgery is recommended for moderate-to-severe bunion cases.  When you purchase shoes with wide toe boxes (the forefoot)- it creates more room for the toes and a lesser chance of future problems.

2. Choose shoes that have a heel height of one inch or less. Wedge, or thicker heels are a great option.

 Try not to choose platform shoes, as you may have a greater chance of an "inversion" ankle sprain.  

 Consider dress-shoe orthotics or specialty cushioning to assist with normal biomechanical function and less pain with a greater height of the shoe. 

 Never wear heels every day.  In order to train different muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones of the feet and body, consider wearing different types of shoes every day.  The gravitational force into the shoes, and how it is applied biomechanically into the body, will make a difference in proprioception, balance, strength, and coordination. The adaptation to imposed demands on the body will strengthen you and make you more able to withstand different types of terrain with less falls or accidents.

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The average American takes about
5,120 steps per day. Most people will walk thousands of miles over a lifetime. With each step, improper footwear can cause degenerative changes into the muscles, joints, and connective tissues of the feet, which can have implications all the way up to the spine.  Receiving spinal and extremity alignments can help with preventing early degenerative joint disease.  Better body alignments equals less stress to the joints, arthritis prevention, and less pain.

Reference: Chiropractic Economics, Nov. 2016,  Kristina L.Petrocco-Napuli DC, MS

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