Why Flat Shoes Can Be A Problem For Women

podiatrist-foot-surgeon-los-angelesIt’s been well-documented how high heels are bad for your feet.

But many women may not have heard about the  harm that flat shoes, with little or no support, can cause to the feet.

To learn more, keep reading!

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Women tend to wear flimsy, flat shoes (flip-flops, ballet pumps, Ugg-style boots) throughout the summer, which can take their toll on feet, calves, knees and backs. Wearing very flat shoes creates more stretching through the arch of the foot, which pulls at the heel or base of the big toe joint.

Flat shoes that offer no support can allow the feet to roll, taking the knees inward with them. This creates an awkward walk, which in turn increases the risk of knee and back pain.

Flat shoes can result in plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs between the heel and the arch of the foot.

Flats can cause your foot arches to drop and the ligaments and tendons in the base of my foot to overstretch and/or tear.

Flat shoes can also lead to Morton’s neuroma, a thickening, irritation and compression of one of the nerves that runs between the long bones of the foot.

About one in ten people are likely to suffer from plantar fasciitis at some time in their lives, but you van avoid this condition and other injuries from flat shoes by following a few tips:

  • Alternate flat shoes with shoes that provide good arch support.
  • Always look for shoes with buckles, laces, or Velcro straps, which are likely to offer some degree of support for your feet.
  • Calf stretches after a long period in flat shoes can help to keep muscles loose and minimize strain.

If you do experience pain from flat shoes, then you should consult a foot and ankle doctor who can diagnose the problem and provide you with help for your pain.

A foot and ankle doctor may recommend cortisone injections in your foot to help ease the pain. Or you may just have to put ice on your foot and rest it up.

If you have foot pain that is persistent and won’t go away, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.

Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.

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