Terrible! Shoes

So I have a confession, I am a shoe addict! I love all kinds of shoes heels, flats, pumps, gladiators etc. However, as a physio let me tell you some of these shoes are really bad for our feet, it is sad because I am in a constant battle with myself if I should be wearing them or not.

So let me break it down for you, I’ll tell you the problems with each type of shoe and then let you know which one is the best for wearing on a regular basis.

High Heels
So as gorgeous as these heels are we can’t be wearing them all the time, even wearing them for an hour can lead to damages that you would not think of.

Firstly it can cause painful knots at the back of the heel, the pressure can lead to blisters, swelling, bursitis, pain in Achilles tendon.
Then the next point being it causes the foot to be in an unnatural position, this leads to stress and immense pressure on the ball of the foot. Ever come back for an event and feel that the ball of you foot is so tender that you can not put it down? This is because there is inflammation that occurs over the metatarsals and sesamoid bone. Too much of this may even lead to hairline fractures.

So what is the solution to this? Is giving up high heels the only way? I don’t think so.

Try wearing heels which are slightly lower maybe about 2 inch heel. If you have to then wear the heel for a short amount of time, I would say an Hour is good. Use Heel pads that you get in pharmacy, or better yet invest in a good orthotics. Use Ice if you feet feel swollen or tender.

Ballet Flats
Yes even they are bad for you, but why?

  • No arch support
  • Can lead to knee, hip and back problems in the future
  • Due to the fact that there is no arch support it can lead to a condition called Plantar Fasciitis.

Solution: Use Orthotic Inserts, give arch support and reduce pressure on sensitive areas. Heel pads give great cushioning.

Flip- Flops
I am sure you knew they were not that great. Let me tell you why

  • Offer Little or no protection
  • High risk of getting foot injuries
  • Big No No for Diabetic people, as in them even simple cuts and bruises take a long time to heal and can lead to serious complications.
  • No Arch support what so ever
  • Worsen Plantar Fasciitis
  • Leads to Knee and Back Issues.

Solution: Better fitter flip flops or one with thicker sole. This gives a good arch support and keeps the feet away from debris.

Platform Shoes
Due to the rigid body that they are made of it confuses the biomechanics of walking. Plus if the heel area of the platform is higher than the toe are it cane lead to stress over the ball of the feet. You can use lower platform shoes, however they still will put a strain on your feet.

Pointy Shoes
These shoes have recently come about but have managed to takeover. But they are terrible for you feet.
They are made in such a way that they will squeeze the entire front of your foot together, this can lead to many serious issues like

  • Nerve pain
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Hammertoes
  • Bruises under the toe nails

Solution: Buy shoes that have a wider toe box and make sure you can wiggle your toes around. And NEVER ever wear shoes that are the wrong size for you.

Thigh High Boots
Now not many of us have these. They have the same list of damage as high heels but the only difference is that you would not feel the imbalance because the boot is molded around the thigh giving an impression of safety.

Rain Boots
When you wear them and walk in them for a long time, your feet will feel more tired due to the rubber make of it. Also if not cleaned properly, it can lead to many infections like fungal, mould, bacterial.

Each shoe has its pro and con, it all depends on the length of time that it is worn, where it is worn, the precautions taken by you to wear it. If you need custom orthotics, you can contact us as well.

In the next article, I’ll be writing about the problems caused by these shoes, so keep a look out, until then be careful and enjoy the shoes.

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Karishma Jhaveri

Karishma Jhaveri

Physiotherapist at Physio Savvy
Karishma completed her Bachelors in Physiotherapy from Manipal, India and has also completed Mulligan therapy certificaion. In Manipal Hospital, she worked for 3 years in clinical placement under several areas including diabetic clinic, pediatric wards, burns ICU and cardiac ICU. She then continued working in Mumbai under the President of Indian Association of physiotherapy Dr Ali Irani. Her work also includes health surveys in India for WHO in rural parts near Manipal, and she has taken a special interest in working with children.
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