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Your feet are affected by more than just your daily activities and movements. Some sources of foot pain aren’t entirely preventable, as is often the case with deformities present at birth or certain diseases and conditions. However, there are some potential sources of foot-related discomfort you can have more control over, such as the choices you make with what you put on your feet. Here’s a closer look at some of the footwear styles you may want to avoid if you want to reduce your risk of experiencing foot pain.
1. Super High Heels and Stilettos
Heels have been getting progressively higher over the years, with current shoes of this nature offering a heel height that ranges from 4 to 10 inches. Consistently wearing high heels or stilettos can contribute to ankle sprains and a permanent protrusion sometimes referred to as “pump bump” that can contribute to swelling, blistering, and other conditions like bursitis.
2. Flip-Flops and Sandals
You wouldn’t think shoes designed to let your toes wiggle freely would be a potential source of pain. But what most flip-flops and sandals fail to do is provide sufficient support. The result is an increased risk of developing issues such as plantar fasciitis and tendon and ankle problems. Instead, opt for biomechanically designed sandals if you really want to enjoy some added foot freedom.
3. Ballet Flats
While comfy and convenient to slip on, most types of ballet flats provide no arch support, which can even more of a potential problem if you have existing issues related to your foot’s arch. Since there’s also little toe padding, you are essentially wearing thin socks when you wear shoes like these.
4. Platform Shoes
Platforms have experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Shoes like these are actually better for your feet than high heels since heel height is added in a way that still retains foot support without excessively staining foot and ankle tendons and muscles. The potential problem here is ankle instability because of the way these shoes are designed. If you regularly wear platforms, you may find yourself dealing with ankle sprains.
5. Sheepskin-Lined Boots
These types of boots have remained consistently popular because of a combination of style and comfort. Many people prefer to wear sheepskin-lined boots without socks. This could result in a humid environment within an enclosed space, which could ultimately contribute to issues with foot fungus and infections. Also, boots like these don’t provide much support if you do a lot of standing or walking.
If you do experience foot pain, switching to shoes that are more comfortable and supportive may provide welcome relief. Should you continue to have persistent aches and pain or signs of other foot, toe, and ankle problems, you might be referred to a podiatrist for evaluation. You may also benefit from custom orthotics if your years of opting for shoes that are more fashionable than functional has affected some of the structures in your feet.