What causes heel pain? Do high heels cause bunions? Milwaukee Podiatrist Dr. Chris Milkie answers these questions and more.
by Dr. Christopher Milkie
1. Heel pain only comes from standing on hard surfaces.
Heel pain can develop for many different reasons including poor shoe support, flat feet, excessive weight, and overuse. Standing all day on hard surfaces can aggrivate the this condition, but has never been proven to be the cause. Many people who are sedentary also develop heel pain.
2. Bunions form from bad shoes.
Bunions are a hereditary condition that can get worse from narrow shoes, but are not caused by shoes. In almost all cases, bunions can be tracked back one or two generations. Most people with bunions have a flat foot structure that predisposes them to the condition. If there is a family history of bunions, it is important to focus on wearing shoes with good support.
3. Soaking your feet is good for you.
Soaking your feet consistently usually dries them out more. People with diabetes are especially prone to increased dryness from foot soaks. Soaking is okay periodically, as long as you use a good foot lotion after. Soaking doesn’t cure any foot condition, but it can be temporarily soothing to the feet.
4. Your foot shape and size never change, so you don’t have to get measured every time you buy shoes.
Your feet do change during your lifetime, and for some people, they change a lot. Women who have children are particularly susceptible to foot changes. You should always get measured when you buy shoes. Studies have shown that 75% of people wear the wrong shoe size or width. Stan’s Fit for Your Feet is a local Milwaukee area shoe store that we like.
5. Medicated pads are the best remedy for painful corns and calluses.
The pads rarely work, and often lead to infection due to the acid in them. It is much wiser to seek the help of a podiatrist who can determine the underlying cause of the corn or callus and offer a more permanent solution.
This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.