FAQ - Footwear

What type of shoe is the most harmful to wear?

Just like a thumb print, everyone’s foot is different; therefore, there is no one shoe that is good or bad for everyone’s feet. Generally speaking, very flat shoes and very tall unstable heels tend to cause more foot pain than a sturdy supportive shoe with a sensible heel. That being said, shoes should be comfortable. If a shoe causes pain either from rubbing and causing irritation, or from placing your foot in an abnormal position causing pain in the heel or the ball of the foot, you should avoid wearing these shoes. Wearing flat shoes, such as flip flops, or high heels can cause a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the medical term for inflammation of the tendon that runs along the bottom of the foot. A common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain. If you are experiencing heel pain, evaluate the shoes that you wear most often. If you find that you have a tendency to wear flat shoes or high heels most often, you should consider wearing a more supportive shoe for a while to see if the condition will improve. If the condition does not improve after a few days, it is important that you contact a medical professional to address the problem. There are many treatment options to relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis including exercises and cortisone injections. Our podiatrists here at Gulf South Foot and Ankle are very successful in treating this condition. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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