Female Podiatrist caught in unhealthy shoes
Have you ever run into your doctor at McDonald’s right after he or she told you to watch what you eat? It is like running into your podiatrist in high heels after she scolded you for your poor shoe choices. Oopps. So, I have a confession to make. I make poor shoe choices from time to time. I call it my two-hour shoe collection. Two hours into wearing them I wish I never had bought them. I’ve had painful flatfeet since I was a teen, so I am always searching for comfy cute shoes. In my pursuit of the perfect shoe, I come across a lot of beautiful footwear. Occasionally, my female brain overpowers my podiatry brain… (this usually happens when I stumble upon an amazing sale). I rationalize why I should buy these shoes and then I defend the purchase to my husband. I can say with certainty that every woman has a pair of shoes in her closet that she bought because it was on sale or they were just too cute to walk away from. These same shoes are often the ones that fall into the two-hour shoe collection.
The reality is that we all wear shoes we shouldn’t. Shoes not only are a fashion statement but they are also expensive and hard to return. So even if a shoe is not comfortable, we are likely to keep it in the closet and we may even stumble back into them from time to time because well… they look good and we have to get our money’s worth. This does not mean you can abuse your feet on a daily basis! McDonald’s Big Macs every day is a bad idea. Big Macs are a bad idea always but a Big Mac on rare occasions and your doctor will likely look the other way (because he is in line behind you).
Are there any exceptions? Of course there are people who should under no circumstance EVER put their feet in two-hour shoe. If you have diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, or any balance problems, you are delegated to wearing comfortable shoes all day, every day. It is my favorite prescription to write: Keep feet comfy- Doctor’s Orders! Having these problems puts you at an extra high risk for wounds, infections and falls. Simply put, making smart choices about your footgear can be lifesaving!
For my healthy rule breakers, I know you will wear what shouldn’t be worn. Here are ways to make smarter silly shoe purchases. Buy the right size. I don’t care how cheap it is, your foot is not getting smaller and the shoe is not going to stretch!. Stay away from crazy high heels. Three inches should be your max and don’t cheat with platforms. Platforms add more height but make you unsteady. They have twisted ankle written all over them. Always have backup. Leave the clutch at home and bring a purse you can slip in an extra pair of shoes. Throw away your moleskin and Band-Aids. When a shoe is giving you blisters… TAKE THEM OFF. The true secret to getting away with wearing two-hour shoes is to only wear them for two hours or take them off as soon as they become uncomfortable. Sometimes you have to let go and realize, these shoes need to find a new home.
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.