Selecting a practical, comfortable, and work-appropriate wardrobe can feel like a job in and of itself, especially when it comes to your shoes. Studies show that as many as 9 out of 10 women wear shoes too small for their feet, and 8 out of 10 women report that their shoes are painful. Even a seemingly innocuous pair of professional shoes can leave you with soreness, blisters, and bunions by the end of a long day at the office!
Here are a few tips for navigating the store aisles and making the best choices for women’s shoes (while still retaining your sense of style):
They may be flattering, leg-elongating, and chic, but high heels unfortunately host a wide array of women’s foot problems. By putting pressure on a narrow area of the foot, high heels contribute to back and knee problems, shortened calf muscles, and an uneven gait. This makes wearers more prone to potential injuries such as ankle sprains or fractures.
If you can’t resist the allure of high heels, podiatrists like Dr. Zahid Ladha recommend well-fitted walking pumps with wide heels no higher than two inches. To minimize foot damage, it’s a good idea to alternate between your heels and well-supported walking shoes whenever possible.
While flats are a more optimal choice for your feet than high heels, there are still many choices to consider. Foot doctors recommend searching for flats that feature:
- round versus pointed toes
- laces versus slip-ons
- a wide space for your toes
- a rubber or composition sole
- a comfortable, spacious fit (no pinching or rubbing)
Nylon stockings retain heat and moisture, making them a breeding ground for fungal infections such as Athlete’s Foot. They also inhibit foot and toe movement, leading to hammertoes and ingrown toenails. It is best to avoid wearing pantyhose or stockings whenever possible. If they are an essential part of your wardrobe, look for stockings that fit securely and don’t slide around on your foot.
For more professional guidance on women’s foot health, book an appointment with Foot First Podiatry, located in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best medical care for your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!