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How Shoes Effect Your Feet?

Whether they're sky-high or mid-heel, this style is
notorious for causing a painful knot on the back of
the heel. The rigid material presses on a bony deformity.
The pressure leads to blisters, swelling, bursitis,
even pain in the Achilles tendon.
Our orthotics along with better shoes.
The bony protrusion is permanent.

Problem: Unnatural Foot Position

Ultra-high heels force the feet into a position that puts
stress on the ball of the foot. At this critical joint,
the long metatarsal bones meet the pea-shaped
sesamoid bones, and the toe bones (phalanges).
Too much pressure can inflame these bones or the
nerves that surround them.
Chronic stress to the foot bones can even lead to
hairline fractures.

Solution: Go Low

Switching to lower heels will help you avoid problems
with the metatarsal bones. The lower you go, the more
natural your foot position will be. It's recommended
choosing heels that are no more than 2 inches high --
andeven those should be worn in moderation.

Problem: Ankle Sprains

All high heels boost the risk of an ankle sprain.
The most common problem is a lateral sprain, which
happens when you roll onto the outside of your foot.
This stretches the ankle ligaments beyond their normal
length. A severe sprain may tear the ligaments.
The risk of developing osteoarthritis rises with a severe
sprain or fracture of the ankle.

Flip-flops offer very little protection. The risk of getting
splinters or other foot injuries is higher when the feet
are so exposed. People with diabetes should not wear
flip-flops, because simple cuts and scrapes can lead to
serious complications. In addition, many flip-flops provide
no arch support. They can aggravate
plantar fasciitis and cause problems with the knees,
hips, or back.

Problem: Plantar Fasciitis

A band of tissue called the plantar fascia runs along
the bottom of the foot. It pulls on the heel when you walk
-- and it works best with the proper arch in your foot.
Walking barefoot, or in flimsy shoes without sufficient
arch support, can overstretch, tear, or inflame the plantar
fascia. This common condition can cause intense heel
pain, and resting the feet only provides temporary relief.

Platform Shoes

Platform shoes and wedges tend to have rigid foot beds.
"That throws off the biomechanics of walking,".
"Your foot is trying to bend a certain way, but the shoe
is fighting you because it's so rigid." If the heel of the
platform is much higher than the toe area, the shoe also
puts pressure on the metatarsal bones.

Pointy Toes

They might be stylish, but shoes with pointy toes
squeeze the entire front of your foot together.
After time, this can cause nerve pain, bunions, blisters,
and hammertoes. Some women even develop bruises
under their toenails from the constant pressure.

Problem: Bunions

A bunion is a painful lump at the base of the big toe,
which maycause the toe to bend unnaturally. It forms
when the tissue or bone at the base joint gets displaced.
This may happen after years of abnormal pressure and
movement. Pointy-toed shoes are a common factor,
which explains the prevalence of bunions among women.

Problem: Toe Deformities

High heeled shoes push too much body weight toward
the toes and then squeeze them together. Over time,
the result can be hammertoe (early stage, lower right),
abnormal bends in the toe joints that can gradually
become rigid. Surgery is sometimes needed to relieve
the pain of severe hammertoe. Crowding can cause
other toe deformities, along with continuous shoe friction,
leading to painful corns and calluses.

Men's Trends

Pointy-toed shoes have crossed the gender line.
This footwear fad carries the same risk in men as
in women – including hammertoes, bunions, and
pain. To avoid these problems, stick with a boxier toe.