Keep an Eye Out for Unhealthy Shoes to Protect Against Heel Pain

By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia
September 16, 2014
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Keep an Eye Out for Unhealthy Shoes to Protect Against Heel Pain

You just spotted the love of your life across the room. Tall, slender, sleek and sexy. You make your advance. You know you’ll be hurting later but you just can’t resist. That shiny red patent leather is calling your name. No wait. It’s your Lake Ridge and Stafford podiatrist and he’s saying, “Don’tProper Shoes do it, Linda. It’s not good for you.”

The biggest offenders

 The foot doctors at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC know that you want to look good from head to toe, but shoes today are becoming worse and worse for your feet. Your caring podiatrists want you to keep a lookout for certain types of shoes to avoid heel pain as much as possible.

     High heels - No surprise here. These days, stilettos are soaring to new heights and are sending their wearers tumbling to the ground. Wearing high heels puts uneven pressure on the balls of your feet and can send a searing pain through your foot once you take them off and take a step. Additionally, some women suffer from what experts call “pump bump,” a bony protrusion on the heel that can be a harbinger of serious pain with the wrong shoes.
    Flip-flops and sandals - The beloved summer staples may free your feet from their sweaty prisons, but too often these shoes have minimal or no arch support. While you may have snagged ten pairs when your favorite store had their dollar flip-flop sale this year, the flatness of these shoes can cause serious heel pain, in addition to a host of other problems such as increased likelihood of injury to the foot.
    Ballet flats - Yes, they are adorable and yes they will cause you pain. Your Lake Ridge and Stafford podiatrists recommend avoiding ballet flats that you wouldn’t be willing to wear inserts or custom orthotics in to east the pressure on your feet. Just the same as flip-flops and sandals, ballets provide little to no arch support for your feet. Come on, “flat” is in the name.
    Old shoes - If your shoes are old, flimsy and worn out, they could be causing you heel pain. Your foot doctor at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC recommend you part ways with your beloved footwear and get a new pair that will support your whole foot, the way it should.

Here at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC, your dedicated Lake Ridge and Stafford podiatrists want you to take care of your feet and to keep both eyes out for shoes that could cause you a world of hurt. To find out what types of shoes we recommend to prevent heel pain, visit us today.

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