Here’s a novel thought: why not include your shoe closet in your spring-cleaning, finally getting rid of shoes that are too small, too big or whose crazy-high-heels just can’t be good for you?
Here’s a short-list of the worst culprits this Houston podiatrist would like to see you toss:
- Flip-flops: You may be thinking that now is the season to start bringing these babies out again, but the lack of arch (or any other) kind of support is murderous for your feet. Plus, they’re totally open, leaving you vulnerable to germs and fungus. And gripping with your toes just to keep them in place can lead to hammertoes. So, do us all a favor and toss them out (or relegate them to your swim bag, at least.)
- True stilettos: The key to wearing high heels is to do it infrequently and, when slipping them on, choosing a pair with a less-than-three-inch heel. Anything higher than that does too much damage to your feet, not to mention completely compromising your balance and center of gravity, leaving you vulnerable to sprains and breaks.
- Uggs: Well, maybe don’t toss them (they’re warm and toasty and cost big bucks) but do think about the way you wear them. Always wear with socks to prevent athlete’s foot infections as the warm boots cause your feet to sweat. And don’t wear for extended periods of time. Just like flip-flops, these boots provide no arch support and will cause foot pain when worn all day.
- Any shoe that doesn’t fit: Too big? Your feet will slide around, leading to blisters, corns and calluses. Too small (especially in the toe box)? Your feet will be pinched and compressed. Can lead to Morton’s neuroma, bunions and numerous other problems. And no, shoes that leave your toes hanging over the edge DO NOT FIT!