What Are Your Shoes Really Doing To Your Feet?

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Women often select fashion over comfort, but what are your shoes really doing to your feet? Here’s a discussion on high heels vs. flats.

Heels vs. Flats, Fashion vs. Comfort


  • Shifts your body weight to the balls of your feet.
  • Increases pressure on your toes.
  • Forces knees and hips forward, which puts strain on your lower back.
  • Can cause hyperextension, ankle sprains, midfoot fractures, neuromas, pinched nerves, and most commonly, bunions and hammertoes.

Platform Wedges

  • More reduced incline than stilettos, which helps with balancing.
  • However, wedges can produce the same foot and ankle problems as stilettos.

Tips for Wearing High Heels Safely

  • Choose shoes with a heel height 2 inches and lower to reduce increased pressure on the ball of your foot.
  • Your body weight is increased by 25% per inch of your heel height.
  • Wear flats to events and then change into your heels once you have arrived to reduce time spent putting stress on your feet.

Ballet Flats

  • Shoes that are entirely flat do not supply support to the structure of the foot, which creates strain on the arch, heel, and ball of your foot.
  • Soles of ballet flats are generally thin, and objects could pierce through and hurt the foot.
  • Common injuries sustained while wearing flats include swollen feet by the end of the day, tendonitis, heel pain, strains and stress fractures.


  • Traditional flip flops do not offer any support to the arch of the foot. This causes a strain on the arch of the foot, and can cause lower back pain.
  • The thong that sits between your toes forces your foot muscles to contract unnaturally when walking in order to hold the flip flop onto your foot.
  • Flip-flop wearers are at the same risk for injuries as ballet flat wearers, additionally, the foot is entirely exposed and the risk of fracture and big toe problems is increased.


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For treatment for foot pain, or any other services we provide contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Maislos. Our office is located in Houston, and can be reached at (713) 541-3199. We look forward to helping you feel better.


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