The basic purpose of shoes is to protect the feet. But when it comes to helping feet function well, some styles actually harm feet.
If your feet suffer problems related to shoes or any other kind of ailment, the office of Taub Podiatry is here for you every step of the way. We give all of our patients as much time and patience as they need to understand their treatment options so their issues can be rectified as soon as possible.
Before you purchase your next pair of shoes, remember that these are the worst for your feet.
They don’t have to be 3-inchers to invoke a throbbing knot on the back of your heel. The pressure can cause bursitis, swelling, blisters and Achilles pain. The 3-inchers do, however, force your feet into unnatural positions by stressing the ball of the foot, where the long metatarsal bones unite with the bones of the toes and sesamoid.
Excessive pressure can aggravate these bones or their surrounding nerves. Constant extra weight might even cause hairline fractures. And then there’s the risk of spraining your ankle, usually when you’ve accidentally rolled onto the outside of the foot. Ouch! A bad sprain can rip the overstretched ankle ligaments.
Ballet Flats and Flip-Flops
Yes, they complement many outfits, but they don’t support your arch, which can give you problems with your back, hips and knees. You might also get plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. Flip-flops provide little to no protection from cuts, scrapes and toe stubs.
They’re great if you don’t mind the fronts of your feet being squished together. You could eventually experience blisters, nerve damage, bunions and hammertoes. The constant, vise-like pressure gives some women bruises under their toenails.
Way too many women wear shoes that are inappropriate fits. The reason behind this is a real head-scratcher, because spending the day in shoes that your feet are screaming to get out of is torturous. And the outcomes aren’t appealing: corns, bunions, blisters, calluses and joint irritation.
The office of Taub Podiatry is passionate about treating all health aspects of feet. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment. We look forward to serving you!