Careful: abusing sneakers has orthopedic consequences

Careful: abusing sneakers has orthopedic consequences

Wearing sneakers all the time? It could damage your ankle, knees and balance. The booming performance of sneakers has concrete orthopedic consequences. Medical studies supporting this theory showcase the types of footwear that cause issues, such as those with very thick soles, as they push people to take longer steps. This impacts the joints of both feet and legs, as well as potentially the hips as well. But sneakers, in the long term, aren’t that great for balance either.

Orthopedic consequences

According to Paul Langer, orthopedist of the Minneapolis-based Twin Cities Orthopedics, wearing sneakers for prolonged periods of times would cause damage to feet and ankles. The problem is that tall footwear with lots of padding put too much space between food and ground. As a consequence, feet would become very sensible and ankles would get weaker. Last but not least, thick soled push individuals to take longer steps, and this too would have damaging effects on the joints of feet and legs, in the long term.

Doubts on balance

As reported by, the Swiss pioneer of the orthopedic field, Benno Maurus Nigg defines shoes as “filters” between the ground and brain. The expert believes that is the soles of the shoes we use are very thick, then our brains will receive wrong perceptions from the feet and, in the long term, worsen our balance. Mr. Langer also believes that “between your feet and the ground dulls the messaging between your feet and your brain”. So, our brains’ capacity to understand our own position in relation to the ground is lower.

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