Do The Shoes You Wear While Not Running Matter?

The way you treat your body during every moment of the day counts. There is the stress of sitting for eight hours at work all the way to the hard pounding when just walking on the pavement. Everything you do with your body—what you eat, how long you stand, how well you sleep—adds up.

We think a lot about the shoes we wear when we run. But the shoes we wear for the majority of our day are often an afterthought. No matter how great your supportive running shoes are at correcting, you can’t undo the damage of a day of improper alignment.

Wearing high heels can shorten the muscles in your calves and your back. This leads to pain and muscle spasms, according the American Osteopathic Association. In heels, your toes are pushed into the front of your shoe. This causes your toes to cramp and take on extra pressure. You can cause nerve damage and even loose toenails.

Try rotating in a pair of flat shoes with soft insoles into your daily wear. You can also stretch your leg muscles throughout the day. Some exercises include picking up a pencil with your toes or doing a calf stretch against a wall.

So, before you blame your running shoes for your joint pain, assess all the stressors you put on your body throughout the day—including your regular shoes!

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