Signs You Are Wearing the Wrong Shoes

Finding the right shoes is a challenge. Of course, you have a size chart, which can give a helping hand. However, our feet are three-dimensional, and so a chart can never be accurate. Plus, everyone’s feet are different, and so there is no magical formula when it comes to finding the right shoes for you. With that in mind, below we take a look at some of the common signs that the shoes you are wearing aren’t right for you:

Are your feet in pain? Your shoes may not be the right ones.

Are you wearing the wrong shoes for your feet? Read on to find out. Pexels, CC0 License.

You are in pain – Let’s begin with the most obvious point of them all; if you are in pain, the shoes you are wearing are not right for you. Your shoes should never cause your pain or irritation. However, we seem to assume that this is something we simply have to accept – no pain, no gain, as they say! Well, that phrase certainly does not apply to wearing shoes. If the pain persists no matter what shoes you wear, it could be a sign that there is something else wrong – such as an injury or a certain condition. From fallen arches to bunions, plantar fasciitis, and flat foot, there are a number of conditions that can cause pain. Luckily, there are also flat feet shoes available, as well as shoes for other conditions, reducing the pain and ensuring you can get about comfortably. But, don’t simply put pain to the back of your mind; it is important that you wear the right shoes to minimize the symptoms you are experiencing.

Your shoes are too old – No matter how much you try to protect your shoes, pounding the pavement is going to cause some damage over the years. You may get to the point where your shoes do not provide the support they used to. You should be able to tell that your shoes need an upgrade. Signs include noticeable creases, as well as listing to one side when you place them on a flat surface. When it comes to walking shoes and trainers, if you log about ten miles per week, you should change your shoes at least once per year. Continue reading

What to Do When Pain Becomes a Normal Part of Your Life

Let’s clear some things up first: pain shouldn’t be a normal part of your life, but chronic pain is a condition that affects a large number of people in the world. Some attribute it to old age, others think it’s to do with underlying health conditions, and some are convinced they have to live with it. However, as debilitating as it can be, there are plenty of treatments available and a proper diagnosis will do wonders for you. If you believe that you’re suffering from chronic pain, then here are a couple of ways to get around those issues and live a pain-free life.

Are you living in pain like this adult?

If you are suffering from chronic pain, these tips may help you. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Diagnose the problem

First of all, don’t go online and try to look for people that have similar symptoms. Chronic pain is a personal experience and it’s usually different for everyone you meet. Some people will have it at different times to you, some will experience pain in other parts of the body, and some experience different types of pain.

Since it can occur at seemingly random times and in different locations on the body, it’s best you see a doctor to have the problem diagnosed properly and by a professional. Technology and the internet can only take you so far, so try not to rely too much on a self diagnosis.

Seeking advice

As usual, the first person to seek advice with should be a doctor. They should be able to teach you some basic chronic pain management techniques or at least refer you to a more specialized doctor that will tell you how to lessen the effects of chronic pain.

These usually involve meditative breathing exercises and you might be prescribed some painkillers for immediate relief. In some situations, surgery may be required to improve your condition, but this is rare and usually optional unless the pain becomes too much to deal with.

Fitting your life around your pain

Depending on what your diagnosis is, it’s possible to fit your life around your pain. One of the most basic examples is to look into your furniture if you have a back issue. If you spend a lot of time sitting down, then you’ll want to have a sturdy chair that is capable of supporting your entire back.

This might require a bit of trial and error, but there are usually some furniture pieces that are designed specifically to be ergonomic and to reduce the pain you experience.

Mental health

Chronic pain can be debilitating to a point that it will affect your mental health. This usually means it will interfere with your daily life and can even cause stress at times. It’s taxing on the body and is known to raise your anxiety levels and even cause depression.

It’s important to look after your mental state during this time because it can easily spiral out of control. Focus on trying to surround yourself with positivity in order to help manage your pain, and always seek help when times get rough. Remember that you’re never alone in your journey, and there are plenty of online communities and support groups that are ready to help you every step of the way.

Why Pain Can Take Over Your Life and How to Stop It

Nobody expects pain to last forever. Yet some sufferers can find their pain never subsides. This can lead to a wide range of physical and psychological problems. There are many different ways to manage with pain, but sometimes you need to address the new symptoms too. The last thing you need is for your pain to take over your whole life.

When you are in pain, it can be incredibly difficult to get comfortable. If you have suffered an injury or illness, this can lead to pain that simply won’t quit. This means you find it almost impossible to be comfortable enough to fall asleep. And if you do fall asleep, chances are your pain will wake you in the night. Interrupted or reduced sleep can be dangerous for your physical and your mental health. This is why it is so important to manage your pain sooner rather than later.

A lack of sleep caused by pain can start to cause you a great deal of stress. You might lose your focus at work, and find it difficult to socialize. Over time, your stress might also lead to depression. Consider what offers the best relief for your pain. This might be gentle movements and exercise, or mental distractions. Finding methods to help you cope right now can be a good start. Next, you need to find ways to resolve the problems causing the pain.

Aches can cause physical and psychological problems

Being in pain – like this woman – can lead to a lack of sleep and many other issues. Pexels, CC0 License.

After injuries, physiotherapists often offer a range of exercises to retain and improve your mobility. The rehabilitation of your body is important when you find your health and fitness have declined. Finding the right center to offer you the care, support, and therapies that can help you is important. Spend time considering what you might need. Speak to the professionals to determine the services that will provide the best results.

Many doctors continue to prescribe strong painkillers for those that complain of pain. This is especially true if it is badly affecting their lives. There are several types of painkillers available. Each works in a different way, and all can be effective. Of course, in the long term, pharmaceuticals can prove harmful. Some painkillers can even cause addiction that will add to your problems. It’s important to seek alternatives. There are many you can try.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is available for use in the home nowadays. For some, this type of treatment can prove to offer enough relief to enjoy life in full again. Acupuncture is also very popular among those looking to remain pill free. The type of alternative pain management treatment you pick may depend on the cause of the pain you have. A physical therapist or rehabilitation center can advise you further.

To prevent pain from taking over your life you need to take action. Guarding an injury or failing to use the painful area at all can cause posture and balance problems. Compensating for the injury can even lead to injuries elsewhere. Gentle movements and exercises are nearly always recommended as part of the recovery and as an effective way to reduce pain.