Nearly everyone has had some sort of leg pain in their lifetime. It may have been in the foot or the knee, or maybe even in the back. Pain in any of these places, though, can sometimes be traced back to the same mitigating factor: shoes. That’s right, shoes. The shoes you wear have an enormous affect on your body’s posture, muscle distribution, and general foot health. Unlike most shoes, Birkenstocks can help treat the problems once they’ve occurred, but can help prevent them, as well.
When shoes cause knee pain and foot pain, overcompensation can then easily lead to back pain. How does this happen, though? Take for example a pair of shoes with flat soles or without arch support. Over a period of time, the lack of arch support can cause the ligament in the foot to stretch. The stretching of this ligament is called plantar fasciitis. This can cause any number of symptoms including heel pain, sharp shooting pains in the arch and foot, and can lead to other issues such as heel spurs. The same can be said for high heeled shoes, as well. High heels cause weight to be distributed differently, so certain leg muscles feel more pressure, while other muscles are tighter. This, again, causes knee pain, which in turn causes back pain. However you try to offset the pain, the back tries harder to keep balanced and usually ends up worse.
Birkenstock has footwear to counteract the problems created by other shoes. These shoes are designed to work with and strengthen the foot for comfort and healthy feet. To start with, Birkenstocks are shaped like a real foot. There are no pointed toes or high heels. There is enough room for the toes to fit comfortably and have room to move, plus a “toe bar” for natural gripping. The heel cup sits in a neutral position, which distributes weight evenly, unlike heels that force extra weight on the ball of the foot. The foot-bed is contoured to match a foot, with proper arch support, as well.
These properties, combined with a cork foot-bed allow flexibility that matches how a foot actually moves. The shoes mimic a bare foot, thereby encouraging natural movement. This promotes strengthening and circulation throughout the whole leg and foot. The contoured cork also conforms to your individual foot the more you wear the shoes. They absorb the shock of each footfall and protect and support the muscles with each step.
Best known for their sandals, Birkenstocks also come in a variety of clogs, boots, and shoes for all occasions. Birkenstock can even custom build shoes for people with specific medical conditions, focusing on what those individual feet need the most.
Pain can strike anyone at any time, especially if you’re on your feet all day, and especially if you wear shoes that push you off balance. The wrong shoe can be completely detrimental, while the right one can save your whole body from pain. With their comfort design, Birkenstocks promote healthy feet and posture and reduce the strain of foot pain to help in healing.