We’ve seen some really weird shoes out there! Some examples:
- High heels that double as roller skates.
- Platform boots with places to store hand-held games.
- Flip flops whose shoe bed is designed like a computer keyboard. Or a fish.
- Shoes with 8-inch high acrylic
- Plastic shoes that encase your foot as though in a banana peel.
Okay, these shoes are fun and artistic. We don’t want to rob you of your fun, but the problem we see with these kinds of shoes is that they offer nothing in the way of proper fit, comfort, or support. And some of them are downright dangerous. In our view, it’s criminal to mix wheels and heels.
What a shoe should do
Shoes should be designed to protect your feet with high-quality materials. Padding in the right places should provide cushion and comfort. The toe area should be designed in a way that doesn’t pinch toes (and give you bunions or hammertoes). Soles should be constructed with non-slip material (acrylic definitely doesn’t qualify). Good arch support prevents problems like plantar fasciitis and flat feet.
In addition, shoes that fit properly help keep you balanced and vertical, preventing falls that can damage a lot more than just your feet.
Follow the “law”
Even if your shoe isn’t all that unusual in design, follow these podiatric recommendations:
- Always try on a pair of shoes before you buy them, and do it at the end of the day when your feet are their largest.
- Wear the highest-quality shoe you can afford, made with soft, breathable materials that don’t restrict movement.
- Whenever you wear high heels, don’t wear them for long periods of time – not more than a few hours a day.
- If you wear a heel one day, wear a flat the next. This gives the muscles of your feet a chance to relax into various positions.
Poor-fitting shoes are often the source of foot pain. For expert advice on footwear and professional treatment of foot pain, look no further than Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland. Our experienced podiatrists, Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann, are available to see you Monday-Saturday in our state-of-the-art office in Solon, OH. Give us a call at (440) 903-1041 or make an appointment online.