Findings from a New York Podiatrist: Fashionable Shoes, Painful Feet

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Mar 11, 2014 2:07:00 PM

red high heelsWhen it comes to foot pain one of the first questions you might hear a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare ask is to see the type of shoes you are wearing most often. This is because your footwear is often what is causing your foot pain and can lead to more serious foot problems. 

Foot problems and foot pain related to the types of shoes being worn is most common in women who wear high heels. This is because high heels force your feet and toes into a narrow, tight space. Flat shoes can also cause problems because they don’t offer adequate support and cushioning. 

Wearing shoes that don’t fit your feet can lead to issues such as bunions, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis and overall chronic foot pain. 

Consumer Reports offers up some things you can do: 

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January 14, 2013 – Consumer Reports: Pretty Shoes, Painful Feet

More than half of us suffer from foot problems and often those problems are directly related to our shoes. That according to a study from the Institute for Preventive Foot Health.

Consumer Reports On Health says wearing the wrong shoes can lead to life-long deformities that require surgery to fix.

Shoes that force feet into narrow or pointy toes can cause bunions or hammertoes, where the toes curl downward unnaturally.

High heels can shorten your Achilles tendon, and can trigger planter fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissues of the soles of the feet. Even flat shoes can harm your feet if they lack support and cushioning.

So, how do you put your best foot forward? Consumer Reports On Health advises opting for a lower heel to take some of the pressure off the ball of your foot. Make sure that there is enough room in the toe, and avoid thin-soled shoes that have little or no support.

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At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment. If you’re experiencing foot pain or would like help finding the properly fitting footwear, contact one of our New York podiatrists. 


Topics: foot problems, foot pain