In today’s busy world, it’s hard to do the right thing for our bodies 100% of the time. We try to eat right and exercise between work and play, but few of us have time to worry about foot health. That’s why we’ve condensed Vionic founder Phil Vasyli’s expert advice into five footwear tips for a pain-free workday. From 9 to 5 and beyond, these simple changes can make all the difference.
- If your job involves standing or walking all day, choice of shoes is very important. The average person takes around 10,000 footsteps a day, and someone who is on their feet can easily double that number. The ideal shoe would provide a contoured footbed and would have points of adjustability, like laces, so as not to restrict circulation.
- Ideally, you should only wear ballet flats or high heels if you have a job where you’re seated for a good portion of the workday. Unsupportive flats aren’t suitable for standing or walking for long periods of time, and heels cause an uneven distribution of weight, leading to excess friction and pain in the forefoot.
- If you’re choosing between a completely flat shoe and one with a heel, you might be surprised to learn that a slight heel is the more conscientious option. Many women report feeling more comfortable when their heels are slightly elevated, and that’s because that positioning decreases pronation (the rolling inward of the foot that occurs on impact with the ground).
- Calluses and blisters are the body’s natural defense against excess pressure on skin. A buildup of excess tissue occurs because of a large amount of pressure in that area—normally due to ill-fitting footwear or a surplus of pressure in a certain area. It’s important to pay attention to these symptoms.
- The absolute best shoe that a person can wear would have a footbed that replicates the foot’s natural contours, or “footprint.” Orthotic support is always ideal.