What Are The Worst Shoes For Your Feet?

What Are The Worst Shoes For Your Feet?

With all of the walking that the average person does every day, wearing the proper footwear should be of utmost importance. While this may seem like a no-brainer, it is often easier said than done! For this reason, the team at Cherrywood Foot Care would like to warn about the worst shoes for your feet and suggest alternatives that can make a world of difference when it comes to your foot health and happiness!

High Heels/Stilettos

High heels and stilettos have been a fashion staple among women for many years. However, the higher the heel, the greater the likelihood of foot problems occurring. Stilettos are especially compromising to foot health, as their extremely thin heels hinder a safe distribution of weight. People who wear these types of shoes too often put themselves at risk of suffering from:

  • Inflamed nerves.
  • Ankle sprains.
  • Structural damage such as stress fractures.    

Quick Fix: If you’re unable to give them up completely, stick with heels that hover around the two-inch mark.

Ballet Flats

Ballet flats are the polar opposite of high heels, as they have little to no heel. Wearing shoes like these that offer no arch support can put you at an increased risk of suffering from:

  • Plantar fasciitis.
  • Hip and knee pain.
  • Back problems.

Quick Fix: If you love wearing ballet flats or other shoes with no heel, investing in a pair of orthotics will help give your feet the support they need.

Pointed Dress Shoes 

Pointed dress shoes tend to offer a more professional look among both men and women. However, pointed shoes leave little room for the toes to spread out, often resulting in issues such as:

  • Bunions.
  • Hammertoes.
  • Blister.  

Quick Fix: Pick dress shoes that have a wide toe box so your toes are not constantly pressed together.

Poorly Fitting Shoes

While you may not realize it, choosing to wear shoes that fit poorly can cause your feet a lot of harm. You might think you can save a few bucks by not replacing an old pair of shoes that no longer fit well, you’ll likely end up costing yourself more money in medical fees. Worn out and poorly fitting shoes can cause:

  • Bunions, corns, and blisters.
  • An increased risk of ankle sprains.
  • Arch and heel pain.
  • Knee and back problems.

Quick Fix:  Before buying shoes, make sure they offer ample ankle and arch support, they fit snuggly but not too tight, and have a wide toe box for your toes to spread out.  Also, replace shoes that you notice have become worn out right away.   

At Cherrywood Foot Care, our podiatrists are well-versed in treating ailments that wearing improper footwear can cause. By offering services that range from custom orthotics to shockwave therapy, we promise to get you back to full health when an issue arises. If you notice any foot problems or pain, be sure to contact our team right away to get the advice and care that you need!