Human feet are our subconscious day to day transport, the unsung heroes of getting from A to B. It is, therefore, easy not to remember how fragile they are. People who lead an active lifestyle like tennis players, hikers and even joggers all run the risk of injury every day. Humans created shoes to protect these delicate extremities, and modern biomechanical and medical sciences have furthered the creation of protective footwear. We find many people suffering from sore feet from concrete. Even so, www.prevention.com lists bad wearing shoes as one of the top three reasons for sore feet from concrete, one of the most common human-made pavement materials in the world.
Some of the most common surfaces that people usually walk on are concrete. Granted that there is also grass, beach sand, synthetic running circuits and a variety of other natural stone tracks, walking and running, especially in a normal urban environment are done on concrete and asphalt, with concrete being ten times harder than the latter. Unlike softer surfaces like grass and sand, this means that the impact of each footfall is focused and absorbed by the body. This makes concrete the prime culprit for creating and aggravating joint injuries.
Of course, it would be untruthful if only concrete were the reason. Human feet can also add insult to the injury. A normal foot is considered to have a normal arch, leaves a broadly connected heel-to-forefoot footprint and lands on the outside and rolls inwards to absorb the shock, also called pronation. Flat feet have low arches, leave a whole sole’s footprint and roll outward to absorb shock (over pronation) which can cause a variety of joint issues over time. High arched feet have extremely high arches, little to no connection between the sole and forefoot in a footprint and thus do not have the ability to absorb shock (under pronation).This can also lead to several connective tissue-based injuries and ankle splints.
Even with normal feet, this means people who spend time walking, running, or even just standing on concrete will need to take care of their orthopaedic health more than normal by investing in a pair of protective footwear. Some of the most suitable shoes for constant contact with concrete tend to have some common features. This includes having shoes that allow for easy breathing to prevent moisture build up during hot seasons as well as fungal infections. They will also benefit from having flexible uppers. While it is true that the foot needs to be supported, rigidity isn’t the way to go. Having flexible uppers allows a freedom of movement without compromising on safety.
Arch support for weak arches and flat feet and lateral support for correcting pronation are equally important as well. This prevents the foot from straining in any single direction and causing foot injuries. Optionally, having antibacterial inner soles, mesh material, skidproof treads and much more help to make your feet feel more comfortable and less prone to long-term wear. Take time to review, try on and purchase the right kind of shoes, and your feet will thank you for them.