Types Of Shoes That Are Best To Avoid When You Have Foot Pain

One of the benefits of visiting a podiatry clinic when you're dealing with foot pain is that in addition to the podiatrist providing you with solutions to your discomfort, he or she will also make some recommendations about whether or not the shoes you're wearing are contributing to the problem. In many cases, you'll even be asked to take some of your shoes with you to the appointment so that they can be assessed. While it's still a good idea to seek the help and advice of the podiatrist if your feet are chronically sore, there are generally some types of shoes that you should avoid wearing when you're dealing with this pain. Here are some suggestions of shoes that are best to leave in your closet.


Flip-flops are convenient for around the pool or during a beach visit, but aren't likely doing your feet any favors. This type of shoe customarily has a thin, flat bottom, which means that your arch won't be getting much support and that your heel won't be getting any real degree of cushioning during each step. The other concern with flip-flops is that they have little to no side support. This can mean that your ankles are left unsupported and can thus roll to the inside or outside, causing pain.

High Heels

High heels might look stylish, but they can be problematic when you're dealing with foot pain. This type of shoe is designed for looks, not comfort; there is very little support for your arches, heels, or ankles, and the elevated nature of your heel can put excessive pressure on the front of your foot, causing pain to your toes and the ball of the foot. Even though some women add foam inserts or support pads to the bottoms of their high heels to alleviate some of the pain, there's a reason many women at formal events want to sit by the night's end — their feet are extremely sore.


When some women don't want to wear high heels because of pain, they opt for flats — which can be detrimental in their own right. This type of ballet-inspired shoe may look fashionable, but provides next to no support of any form for your feet. There are typically no arches in these shoes' insoles, very little absorption for impact and absolutely no side support. Avoiding each of these types of shoes in favor of comfortable athletic shoes, as well as visiting your local podiatry clinic, can get you stepping toward less foot pain.

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