Disclaimer: every woman probably has at least one pair of each type on the list below, if not more. And us guys absolutely understand that it is necessary to have a variety of shoes. So this article is a reminder to minimise damage, not a protest against having shoes.
- Flip flops offers little arch support and does not protect the soles of the feet. They can lead to tendonitis, lacerations, plantar faciitis and ankle injuries. I’ve touched on this before, see…
- Back-less shoes are less stable so that the toes start to grab the shoe to get support, which promotes hammer toes. You can also develop calluses or breaks in the skin because the shoe is constantly tapping the heel.
- Flats are an improvement on the two mentioned above: good fit around the feet and plenty of toe space. However, they still lack arch support and cushioning which can lead to tedonitis and plantar fasciitis.
- High heels, the higher the heel, the more misaligned your foot is. Anything higher than 1.5 inches will have shortened the Achilles tendon too much and put pressure on the ball of the foot, leading to tendonitis and deformity such as hammer toes or stress fractures.
- Shoes with pointy toes create friction and pressure between the toes (even worse when combined with high heels). In addition to causing deformity to the toes, the nerves between the toes can be pinched and inflammed and result in constant burning pain.
When your feet are hurting, it changes the way a person walks and the body will compensate. Everything above the foot has to adjust to what’s going on down below and more pressure will be on the knees, back, and hips. So do not underestimate the effect of a poorly fitted pair of shoes; more problems are sure to follow.