The Shoe Lover’s Dilemma: To Risk or Not to Risk Foot Pain

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Oct 14, 2014 9:00:00 AM

foot pain and travel shoesYou love shoes and you don’t discriminate. Flip-flops, flats, boots, heels, wedges or workout shoes – it doesn’t even matter if they’re a brand name or BOGO (buy one get one) you will buy them! Well, at least at one time in your life you would. Life happens, more responsibilities ensue, and before you know it you’re left lusting after the latest leopard print lace up stilettos to grace the department store display. So, you’ve become more selective of the shoes you purchase. Not only that, but you’ve noticed you have foot pain more often than you used to. So when you find out you’ve won a trip to Las Vegas, you’re excited for about 5 seconds before you immediately think, “What shoes am I going to wear?!” You know you’ll be doing a lot of walking along The Strip and you don’t want your trip to be ruined by your feet hurting. What’s a woman to do?

You have an important choice to make. Choose some middle-of-the-road shoes in your closet or go purchase a new pair made well for traveling and walking. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? In another lifetime yes, but now you’re trying to make wise financial decisions – is purchasing a new pair of shoes to avoid foot pain one of them? Yes!

Take the advice from a New York podiatrist – if you’re going to be doing a lot of walking while traveling, a good pair of supportive shoes is a must! It just can’t be emphasized enough. Sure, you could use the money to get your oil changed, heating system serviced, make an extra credit card payment or save it for a rainy day, but then you’d still have your foot pain. Look at it this way – purchasing a good pair of shoes now is an investment because it will help protect you from foot problems later.

What kind of foot problems? Well, if you already have foot pain now and then, pinpoint where it’s coming from and then magnify it. For example, you may suffer from heel pain, plantar fasciitis, fallen arches, or bunions. All of which can be aggravated by the footwear you choose to put on your feet. You don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort either. You are going to be experiencing the glitz and glamour of Sin City and there are many brands out there that make shoes specific for traveling that still look stylish on your feet. None of those frumpy grandma styles that make you look like a tourist and stick out like a sore thumb.

It’s settled then. You have a date to go shoe shopping! A few tips before you go:

  • While style is important for many people, pay close attention to how the shoe makes your feet feel. Be honest with yourself. You’ll know.
  • Purchase your new travel shoes 2 to 4 weeks before your trip so your feet can get used to them. This will also tell you if for some reason your shoes do aggravate your feet and cause foot pain. Better to find out now then at The Bellagio.
  • Look for shoes with sturdy soles, arch support, and that seem solidly made.
  • Bring an extra pair of shoes and socks, as well as a foot care kit that includes Band-Aids, clippers, antibiotic ointment, and an ice pack. Better safe than sorry!
  • Read reviews to get an idea of other’s experiences wearing the shoes you’re interested in.

Once a shoe lover, always a shoe lover. Take the advice from a New York podiatrist and invest in a comfortable, supportive pair of shoes for your trip. Step out in them and never look back! And remember, what happens in Vegas…

If you’re experiencing chronic foot pain, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: Foot Care, foot pain