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Choosing the right pair of footwear can help prevent many health problems

Choose a shoe with a squared or rounded toe-box

Some people knowingly or otherwise buy and wear incorrect footwear; understanding its effects on the body and choosing the right pair can help prevent many problems.

High heels: High heels put excessive load on the ball of the foot, resulting in pain or even callosities (excessive hardening of skin). Heels also increase the risk of ankle sprains. Prolonged use of high heels can cause shortening of calf muscled and acute pain in the feet. They also put increased stress on the knees, hips and spine. Your regular wear shoes should not have a heel over two inches tall.

Footwear and knee osteoarthritis: If you are suffering from knee pain or arthritis, avoid wearing stiff or rigid shoes and high heels. Research shows that flexible footwear with low heel (0.5 inch) reduces load on the knees.

Footwear and diabetes: Longstanding diabetes can lead to nerve damage, which causes numbness in the feet. As a result, one may not feel minor cuts or blist…

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