Shoes that Pose Danger to Your Health

Women love shoes. There’s no doubt about that. If you’ve heard of the term “Imeldific”, you probably know about this first lady who owned 3,000 pairs of shoes. It’s true that buying shoes make women feel good and happy. But it’s also important to remember that the wrong pair can bring pain, distress and negative repercussions to your health. Here are some types of shoes that can raise a red flag.

Extremely High Heels
Podiatrists refer to ultra-high heels as “shoe-icide”. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, these types of shoes can bring about all sorts of negative effects on your health from chronic pain to ankle sprains to varicose veins. They cause deformity of the foot structure and also increase the risk for blisters, swelling, and pain in the Achilles tendon. Wearing orthotic insoles may help but a better pair of shoes is the most effective solution. Switching to a pair of lower heels would enable you to walk in a more natural position. Experts recommend heels that are not higher than 2 inches.

Among all types of high heels, stilettos are the most problematic. The exceptionally narrow heels are the main culprit. All your body weight is supported by these narrow heels that would make it seem like you’re walking on stilts or cross a taut rope. Not only do you increase the risk of tripping and hurting your ankle, you’re also subjecting your foot to bone deformity, blisters, and swelling. Chunky heels would be a better option, as these would spread the weight more evenly, making you feel more stable than stilettos.

Ballet Flats
Since high heels have always been designated as the unhealthy footwear, people automatically think that the pair on the other end of the spectrum is the much healthier choice. That’s not exactly true. While ballet flats can save your precious feet from all those swelling, ankle sprains, and blisters that high heels would give you, these pairs have their own negative effects. These shoes do not provide the arch support that your feet need to function optimally. This can result in problems with the knee, hip, and back. It can also contribute to the painful condition called fasciitis. Unlike the heels, you don’t have to ditch the ballet flats entirely. Just make use of orthotic inserts that would provide the cushion for your feet.

Flip-flops are very comfortable, especially during summer. However, they offer very little protection. One of the common dangers of wearing these slippers are splinters. If you have diabetes, you must not wear flip-flops since minor cuts or scrapes can result in serious complications. They also don’t offer arch support. Alternate your flip-flops with a pair of shoes that offer steady support for the arch.

Pointy Toes
Pointy toes are all the rage these days. But this style doesn’t come with a price. These shoes squeeze the front part of your foot and this can cause nerve pain, blisters, and hammertoes. It can also lead to bunion, which is a painful lump on the base of the big toe. It’s all right to wear pointy toes occasionally but prefer wide boxed shoes for everyday wear.

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