The human foot is the only foot in the animal kingdom specially adapted to be able to walk with the body upright. In other words, we humans are the only animal that can walk in a vertical position. Just like the foundation of a building undergoes a lot of stress, so do our feet.
The very thing that was created to protect our feet, causes most of our foot problems. Shoes! If shoes do not fit correctly, they can cause problems like blisters, wounds, corns, calluses, even amputations.
For every one inch of heel height, about 25% more pressure is transferred to the ball of the foot. That is not the way we were designed to walk! And, many women in the name of fashion wear heels a lot higher than one inch.
Feet undergo other problems from walking barefoot to not being able to walk at all. For example, when walking barefoot, you can step on something which opens your skin and causes loss of protection from infection entering your body. If you have poor circulation, diabetes, or other health problems, you may have a decreased ability to heal, and that small opening can become as serious as losing your foot and not being able to walk again. If one cannot walk, it is important that preventative measures are taken due to problems associated with immobility. Remember, feet were made for walking.
Either way, it's important to take care of your feet, part of which includes wearing proper fitting shoes.
Knowledge is power. Knowing how to take care of your feet helps you prevent foot problems and allows you to keep your feet forever.
I have specialized and been a leader in the skin and wound field for over 25 years. People who have diabetes are at increased risk for foot problems, so I place a special emphasis on the prevention and treatment of foot problems when working with people with diabetes. I understand though that foot problems are not limited only to people who have diabetes and that most of all people want shoes that not only feel good but look good, too.
I want to help you if you have foot problems and I want to help your company reach people who are in need of preventative foot care and shoes.