Heels Get a Bad Rap for Foot Problems, but What About Flats?

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Nov 1, 2014 3:00:00 PM

flats_foot_problemsThere’s often a lot of publicity around high heels. Stilettos, wedges, peep toes and platforms always get a bad rap. From bunions to backache, hammertoes to heel pain, heels get blamed for your posture and foot problems. While, yes, heels aren’t the best type of footwear for your feet and can cause problems, people tend to forget that flats can be just as hazardous to your foot health. Learn more in the article below.

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Agonising pain, broken bones and even spinal damage...Forget killer heels. It's flats that really leave your feet in agony

Every woman knows there’s nothing more flattering than a leg-lengthening heel. But, thanks to vertiginous stilettos and chunky wedges being blamed for a host of health problems, from bunions to backache, more of us than ever are pushing them to the back of the wardrobe and opting for flats.

Even celebrity heel-lovers from Victoria Beckham to Gwyneth Paltrow have been photographed in sensible shoes.

And with the shops full of practical-looking loafers, brogues and moccasins, you might think physiotherapists and podiatrists across the country would be panicking that they’d be out of a job.

In fact, they’re expecting to be busier than ever. Podiatrist Beverley Ashdown says: ‘There’s been so much publicity about the damage high heels can cause to our feet, knees and backs, we forget that flat shoes — particularly ones that offer little or no support to the foot — can cause just as many serious foot and postural problems.’

Michele Crow, a 41-year-old teaching assistant from Camberley, Surrey, learnt this to her cost. She had no idea that what she thought were sensible flat shoes would leave her in agony, unable to walk and reliant on regular doses of painkillers to get through the day.

Michele’s foot problems began in August when she was on holiday in Portugal with her husband, Richard, a marketing manager, and their three children, aged ten, eight and three.

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Flats can cause their own share of foot problems. The biggest reason being because they don’t offer the proper support. The pain experienced can be anything from a burning sensation to numbness to your arch feeling like there’s a tight band running through it. One of the most common foot problems shoes that don’t offer adequate support cause is plantar fasciitis.

The good news is there are treatments available. Simply changing your footwear may help in the short term. In the long term, there are conservative treatments like custom made orthotics or more involved treatments that are detailed in the free download below.

Foot Pain Treatment  

Since each person has a unique foot structure and specific foot problems, it’s best to have them evaluated by a specialist. Contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare for your recommended treatment options. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

Topics: foot problems