Summer is just around the corner, and everywhere you look bright-colored flip-flops, wedges and sandals are calling your name. But while you’re shopping for that perfect pair of summer shoes, remember that there is more to a great pair of shoes than just color and style.
Robert Berry, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano says that when trying on a new pair of shoes, “the most important issue is making sure the shoes, regardless of whether it’s a pair of heels, flip-flops, clogs, or sneakers, are comfortable and appropriately sized.”
He says that wearing shoes that are too small or too big can lead to short and long-term consequences.
You can develop painful blisters, bunions or “hammertoes” from wearing tight or pointed shoes, and flip-flops and clogs don’t provide ankle support, which can lead to ankle injuries.
“Poor fitting shoes may lead to problems in other joints throughout your body because your body will begin to compensate for the pain your feet are experiencing,” says Dr. Berry.
While Dr. Berry doesn’t recommend an ideal height for heels, he does encourage women to choose heels that are comfortable and stable.
“Remember, it’s not exactly natural to walk around on your toes all day,” says Dr. Berry. He says that it’s reasonable to wear heels occasionally and in moderation. Sometimes women just suffer through painful shoes because they like the way they look, but Dr. Berry encourages women to avoid wearing shoes that hurt.
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