Most of us learn fairly quickly that trying to look our best is an investment of time and energy. Skincare and makeup take a lot of effort to learn how to use properly no matter who you are and all of the little mistakes along the way can end up physically hurting in some cases. Trying to wear stylish outfits also tends to have mixed results as they aren’t always the most comfortable things. All of this brings to mind the old saying that “Beauty is pain”. The idea is to accept a certain level of discomfort as normal when trying to look one’s best, but some people end up taking it too far. They accept actual pain as a normal part of things. This is especially true when it comes to our feet. That’s not a very good idea given it isn’t just heels that tend to cause problems: our beloved flats do too. Your feet need proper support and without it, they start to suffer.
Much of the potential pain that comes from flats is connected to their lack of support. Feet need a degree of support in many cases so that movement in shoes helps maintain the foot’s natural shape. Causing the foot to lose this natural shape and thereby reduce the overall ability of the foot to maintain proper distribution of weight causes damage. One of the most painful ways in which this can happen is plantar fasciitis. In essence, this condition is caused by the lack of support leading there to be excess tension along a major ligament at the bottom of the foot. This tension can end up stretching and tearing the ligament and causing major pain. This pain is typically center around the heel but can be distributed throughout the foot as well. None of this is good for the health of your feet or your stress levels. To make matters worse, this isn’t even the only way in which flats can end up causing you pain.
We tend not to think about our toes much if they’re not going to be out and exposed to the world. That’s unfortunate given our toes are a major part of adequately distributing the weight in our feet. Their natural spread helps to ensure adequate distribution along the bones of the feet so that no one bone takes the strain more than the others. Unfortunately, a lot of us have gotten in the habit of accepting shoes that bunch our toes together at the front of the shoe. This isn’t healthy and flats tend to be a major offender. Without that distribution, the weight of your body begins to damage your feet in various ways. The most common result is a degree of nerve inflammation in the foot as the nerves take damage. This can eventually turn into pain or other issues if it goes unaddressed. So, if you must wear flats, remember to ensure that your toes are comfortable in them to avoid causing this problem.
Weight distribution issues might not seem like that big of a deal for many of us. After all, we’d like to think that being at a healthy weight might mean we’re immune to such issue. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. A healthy weight decreases the rate at which these problems manifest, but it doesn’t protect us from them in their entirety. Over the long term, wearing flats too much can lead to pain spreading from your feet to your knees, hip, and back as other load bearing portions of your body end up needing to distribute more weight on themselves. The pain from this sort of thing ends up being long term too because it is a manifestation of damage having been done to your body over time and reducing your body’s ability to keep itself intact. Your feet need to be allowed to be in their proper shape and supported to keep your body healthy.
We need to stress here that, despite all we’ve highlighted above, you can still wear flats. You just shouldn’t wear flats exclusively. Flats are good for a short outing where you won’t be out for more than a few hours. You can look stylish and then take them off later and relax. We should all be wearing support shoes the majority of the time we’re wearing shoes though. This will help minimize potential problems and support long term health.