In recent years, flats have become just as fashionable as taller-soled shoes…which you’d think would be great news for the style-minded folks at Vogue. But, just the opposite has proved to be true…while switching to flats has solved some of their problems, heel pain has begun to run rampant in their offices (according to a new online article at least), and it’s all the fault of their super-cute flats.
You see, as bad for you as high-heels may be, they at least place a barrier between your feet and the cold, hard floor. When you wear a very flat shoe, there’s nothing to prevent your heel from absorbing the full impact of your foot strike. This kind of constant trauma can cause your plantar fascia (the connective band of tissue that runs the length of your foot) to become inflamed, stretched and even torn.Does that mean you have to relegate your cute new loafers to the back of your closet (next to those 4-inch stilettos I know you’re only wearing occasionally by now?) Not really, is this Houston podiatrist’s answer. Basically, you just have to be smart about them: don’t slip into a pair of ballet flats if you plan to be on your feet all day or if you know you’ll be walking longer distances. Save them for days at the office where you’ll be sitting at your desk for the majority of the time. And if you’re already feeling the pain of wearing your flats? Switch to a shoe with a reasonably-sized heel (about two inches) to relieve some of the pressure on your feet, then make an appointment to see Dr. Schneider so we can get you walking comfortably again.