Sky-high stilettos may be sexy yet uncomfortable, but there are more types that can cause painful foot cramping and other issues. Whether you’re shopping for a new pair of walking shoes or you’ve got shoes that you’re trying to break in, keep on reading for the 6 types of shoes that seriously hurt your feet.
- Shoes that don’t fit.
When you constantly wear shoes that don’t fit perfectly, you’re at risk for developing osteoarthritis, which happens when you push off more when you walk in ill-fitting shoes. “Your feet really take a beating because they are weight bearing. You are flexing your toes all day to push off to walk, so over time a slow degradation of cartilage between the two points. You end up with bone-on-bone contact, which is extremely painful,” says Dr. Roderick C. Hunter, Jr., DPM, AACFAS, a podiatric physician in Harker Heights, Texas. Though the pain can come and go, it causes permanent enlargement around your torn joint.
- Converse-style Sneakers
Though we believed that sneakers are comfortable, some styles can cause heel pain, stress fractures, tendonitis, and inflammation. While Converses can provide cushioning and shock absorption, the shoe bed is still pretty flat. The good news is that Converses and Converse-style sneakers allow you to add extra support to the inside of the shoes like an insert to mold them to fit your feet even better.
- Flip flops and Sandals
Though having your toes out in the open air might sound comfortable, it can still lead to foot pain since your feet lack of support. “Flip-flops and unsupportive sandals frequently are the cause of foot disorders such as plantar fasciitis, tendon problems, and ankle sprains,” says Dr. Neil Scheffler, DPM, a podiatrist at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. If you’re aiming for comfortable sandals, opt for similar of Birkenstocks that will cradle the foot bed and prevent any foot problems.
- Athletic Sneakers
You may be getting carried away with wearing fashionable sneakers that just don’t provide enough cushion. Dr. Suzanne Levine, celebrity podiatrist advises that the most important factor in choosing an athletic sneaker that feels good, but be aware of too much comfort. “Too much cushion is not the best thing, either,” says Dr. Neal Blitz, chief of foot surgery and associate chairman of orthopedics at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. When you have a lot of cushion, you’re not getting the foot-brain feedback that allows you to sense when your feet are touching the ground.
Most rainboots are made of heavy materials that, when combined with a moist environment, can breed foot disasters like mold, fungus, bacteria, or wart viruses. Not to mention that the top of the boot can rub against your calf and give you blisters.
- Uggs and other sheepskin-lined boots
Though Uggs and other sheep-lined boots are a great lounging-during-the-winter, you have to wear them with socks. If not, then you’re risking a fungal infection. “Although the sheepskin is breathable, the humid environment still can lead to a build-up of fungus,” says Dr. Lucille B. Andersen, MD, a foot and ankle surgeon at Webster Orthopedics in the San Francisco. By taking these things into consideration, you’ll avoid the shoes that will hurt your feet and make an easy fix for your existing shoes strategically.