Do you wear shoes that hurt your feet in the name of fashion? Many people are guilty of this.  But what are the worst shoes for your feet out there?  The first shoes that come to mind when I think of foot pain are stilettos!  And these days, stilettos are getting higher and higher.  Stilettos are one of the obvious culprits for foot issues- they can lead to everything from ankle sprains to chronic pain.  High heels in general are notorious for leading to a bony deformity known as a “pump bump”.  High heels, no matter their height, often cause a painful knot on the back of the heel that leads to swelling, bursitis, blisters, and stress pain in the Achilles tendon.

When shoes cause pain to their wearer, it is typically because the shoe forces the feet into a position that puts stress on various areas of the feet.  Too much pressure can inflame the foot bones and the nerves that surround them.  Chronic stress to the foot bones can lead to things like hairline fractures.  A good idea if you are suffering from any of the above issues and you suspect your shoes are the cause- go low!  Choose heels that are no more than 2 inches high, and only wear them in moderation.  If you must wear high heels more regularly, try chunky heels.  Chunky heels have more surface area that distributes weight more evenly, and helps stabilize the foot.  They are better than stilettos, as they are sturdier.  Thicker heels still put stress on the ball of the foot, but they can reduce the tripping factor, which may avoid a sprain.

If you feel that your ankle may be sprained, you should go see a podiatrist.  A sprained ankle should be immobilized and may need physical therapy to heal properly.  If unattended, you risk developing osteoarthritis with a severe sprain or fracture of the ankle.

Dr. Ricketti and Dr. Stephen Skokan are conveniently located in Hamilton Square, NJ.  Call them for any foot or ankle issue you may be having, they are ready to get you back on your feet as soon as possible!

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