Can shoes cause my foot pain?
When we think of footwear, we often think about the aesthetics of how a high heel may make us look. We think about how these shoes will make us feel taller, more confident and will dress up any outfit. However, we often neglect to think about how this will make the bones, joints, ligaments and tendons in our feet react. Putting an unnatural arch or pressure on our toes and the soles of our feet may not sound as appealing in those stilletos!
Starting From The Bottom
Studies show that nearly all American adults suffer from some sort of joint or muscle pain. Some of the most common pain is Sciatica (or lower back pain) as well as hip and cervical spine (neck) discomfort. Very few patients realize that this pain can actually originate from the shoes which they choose. The natural arch in the foot must be preserved and most shoes (from sneakers to flip flops) available in stores today do not offer this necessary support.
Ask The Doc Before You Shop!
Before going to the mall or your local boutique in search of a new pair of shoes for work or a special event, consult the expert: your podiatrist! They will evaluate the condition of your feet and will advise you of the best options. The curvature of your feet will be precisely measured, as well as the structure of the inner structures of the toes. Shoes which tend to “pinch” the toes or elevate the foot beyond it’s natural range of motion can cause detrimental pain later down the road.
Call Whitestone Podiatry today to schedule your footwear consultation. Our doctor and experienced, professional staff will have you feeling stylish in comfort!