Most of us know that wearing high heels or flip-flops regularly is likely to lead to pain in our feet. But there are plenty of other kinds of footwear that can also be problematic. Let’s look at a few of them.

  • Cowboy boots. If you love that western look, it is important that you pay attention to how a pair of boots tapers toward the front. Many boots jam the toes into unnatural positions that can cause a range of problems. The solution is to make sure you lasso a pair of boots with a wide or square toe box so that there is room for all of your toes. In fact, that is good advice for any kind of footwear you might be considering.
  • Slingback flats. You might think the slingback—which adds a bit of support to the ankle—makes these shoes a significant upgrade from flip flops or slides. But at best, the extra support is a minor benefit, and you are still at risk for all of the arch issues associated with flat shoes.
  • Platform shoes. Sure, you may be attracted to the drama of platform shoes, but it comes at a price: a higher risk for a dramatic ankle injury. The reason? The platforms have you elevated in such a way that if you twist your ankle, there is quite a bit of distance to the fall. That means the ankle can get even more out of place than it might otherwise—and that can lead to something as serious as an ankle fracture.
  • Shoes that are too small. A surprising number of women are wearing shoes that are too small for their feet. Maybe the shoe was just too cute to pass up—even though they didn’t have it in the right size. But whatever the reason for wearing them, shoes that are too small can lead to everything from blisters to arthritis. Wearing shoes that are too small can even result in the need for surgery. If the shoe fits, you’ll feel better.

If Your Feet Hurt, We Can Help

At InStride Carolina Podiatry Group, we are in the business of getting you back to your active life. If you have pain in your feet or ankles, it is time to contact us so we can help.

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