Many have heard the saying that “feet are made for walking.” How much walking do your feet do in a week, a month, or a year? What about your shoes? Shoes to feet are like tires to vehicles.
Tires come in a variety of styles and specific sizes are recommended for best operation of a particular vehicle. Shoes too, come in a wide variety of styles and sizes to accommodate different tastes and body types. There is not one style or size for everybody. Manufacturers recommend that tires be aligned as needed and rotated at specific mileage intervals in order to get the best wear. Shoes too, wear best when they are alternated instead of wearing the same pair most of the time.
Additionally, a tire is engineered for reliability up to a certain number of miles and then it should be replaced. Nobody would declare a tire in good condition simply because there is no hole in it after it had traveled thousands of miles. Neither can anybody determine the condition of a shoe based on whether or not it has a hole in it. Do you keep track of how many miles you put on your shoes? You should. Shoes have recommended mileage ranges also. The recommended range is 300 to 600 miles. However, those of us on the plus side of life should replace our shoes sooner rather than later in the range.
As with discarded tires, some of your shoes may show obvious signs that the tread is worn out. Do yourself a favor and get rid of them before you experience a blow out. Keeping your favorite or most comfortable pair of shoes is certainly not more important than keeping your feet and legs in good condition. We may have more than one vehicle in a lifetime, but we are born with only one pair of feet to carry us all the way. It is vital that we do all we can to help them handle the load.
Consider this. According to research, a woman who weighs 100 pounds puts a stress of 200 to 400 pounds on her joints. Naturally, additional weight increases that stress. A significant amount of weight results in a wider gait (way of walking), which can add even more stress on the joints bearing the weight. Doing all we can to help our feet carry the load is vital to our well-being.
Proper fit and careful maintenance of tires enhances proper operation of the vehicle. Likewise, proper fit and careful maintenance of shoes enhances proper functioning of our feet. Lack of proper support can damage the functional design of our feet and result in traumatic arthritis, which tends to worsen as we get older. Ouch! Soreness or pain in the arches, feet, or legs may be symptoms of foot damage. Do not hesitate to call your doctor or podiatrist immediately if any of these symptoms occur.
In the meantime, begin tracking the mileage on your shoes if you have not done so already. Be faithful to a routine of regular maintenance and replacement. Take good care to keep your feet and legs healthy and strong and keep dancing on the plus side of life.