By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
October 27, 2017
Category: Proper Footwear
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At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we see women every week who come to us with foot complaints that are being caused or made considerably worse by their shoe choice. Yes, you want to look professional and fashionable but it’s important not to choose short term fashion fame over long term foot pain. Below are foot faux pas to avoid:

“They make my feet look small.” That’s probably because the shoes themselves are too small for your feet! Some studies estimate that 9 out of 10 women are currently wearing shoes that are the incorrect size. Shoe size usually increases as you get older. Have your foot professionally measured before buying your next pair of shoes. Forcing feet into footwear that is too small can cause corns, blisters and deformities.

“High heels are so feminine.” They also greatly increase your risk of bunions, hammertoes and other toe deformities. High heels pack a double whammy: they force your toes to the front of your shoe and squeeze them together. Spending a lot of time in heels over 2 inches can start to actually cause your toes to move out of position. Pressing up against one another also increases the chances of getting an ingrown toenail.

“Once the cooler weather hits I love wearing my fashion boots every day!” The problem with many fashion boots is that they have little or no arch support. This can lead to heel pain due to the strain they put on your plantar fascia. Look for boots that have good arch support or be sure to alternate them with other shoes.

“I need to wear pumps for work but they hurt my heel.” You may be suffering from a condition known as Haglund’s Deformity or, as it is more commonly called, “Pump Bump.” A bony enlargement at the back of the heel falls right at the point where the back of your pump meets your foot. Constant rubbing and pressure irritate the area causing it to become inflamed and sore. Look for pumps that have a more flexible heel counter or try open back styles to take the pressure off. The foot doctor may also recommend protective padding for the back of your heel.

If you do find yourself experiencing chronic or severe foot pain, make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050 and be sure to wear or bring the shoes you wear most often.  Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your feet and determine if your footwear is contributing to your condition. Our foot doctor can also suggest styles that will best suit your foot and accommodate any conditions you currently have.