Avoid foot pain

Summer shoe fashions that won’t cause foot pain

In Conditions, Foot Facts, Services, Wellness by Alnoor Ladhani, Chiropodist

Avoid foot painSome people love fashion, and keep up to date on all the latest trends. Others just like to stay generally “with it” when it comes to fashion, and still others are only concerned with comfort.

Ladies have an especially difficult time finding balance between style and function, especially when it comes to footwear.

Poorly designed and poorly fitting shoes cause a lot of problems with foot pain. The pain isn’t just limited to your feet and ankles though; bad shoes or a bad fit can cause pain in your knees, hips, back, and neck as well.

Comfortable, fashionable shoes for summer

At Step by Step, it doesn’t matter if you are always chasing the latest trends, if you’re only interested in comfort, or if you fall somewhere in between. In the Step by Step shoe boutique, we’ve got shoes to fit all tastes and sizes! We can even help you find a fashionable, comfortable pair of shoes to accommodate orthotics. Leave foot pain behind you this summer and step into a pair of good looking and foot friendly shoes!

Common shoe-related causes of foot pain

Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia is foot pain that strikes the ball of your foot. Aside from the pain, you might also feel numbness or tingling in your toes and notice inflammation.

Metatarsalgia can be caused by ill-fitting shoes or shoes that don’t provide enough cushioning or arch support. High heels are a particular concern because they put extra weight on the ball of your foot, but other summery footwear fashions can be blamed as well. For example, flip flops, flats and sandals can have little to no cushioning or support. Wearing shoes with a narrow toe box can also contribute to metatarsalgia.

Other causes include certain foot shapes, foot deformities, excess weight, stress fractures, Morton’s neuroma, and intense physical activity.

Corns, calluses, and blisters

We’ve recently talked about how to avoid corns and calluses, and identified high heels yet again as a common cause. Poorly fitting shoes that rub or cut into the skin can also cause painful blisters.

Ingrown toenails

Ingrown toenails can be encouraged by shoes that are too tight, too narrow in the toe area, or too small. High heels often come with squishy, pointed toes, but other shoe styles can contribute as well. Make sure your toes have a little wiggle room when buying new shoes. They shouldn’t press against each other or into the tops or tips of the shoes.

So if you’re sick of foot pain but aren’t ready to abandon fashion altogether, let us help you find a pair of shoes or sandals that will let you feel good and look good at the same time! Visit Step by Step Professional Family Foot Care today.