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STYLISH SHOES: CAN FAD BE BAD FOR YOUR FEET AND BONES?

Dr. K. Krishnaiah, Thursday, October 31, 2019

DO WEARING HEELS OR STILETTOS GIVE YOU BUNIONS?

A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. It forms when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out. When you wear high heels or stilettos it can tighten your heel cords and increase pressure on the front part of your foot. This causes a condition called metatarsalgia or capsulitis, which is pain due to overloading the metatarsal heads (the bones under the ball of your foot). Although heels will not cause bunions to develop, they can often hasten that development.


ARE SHOES WITH POINTED TOES BAD FOR YOU?

Wearing tight shoes even one time can cause inflammation of the protective sacs surrounding the joints in your feet - neuromas or bursitis.

Tight shoes can also aggravate bunions on the inside or outside of your feet.


ARE FLATS BETTER THAN HEELS?

Some flats offer decent arch support, but you need to select them carefully to make sure they have a good arch and good side-to- side stability.


ARE PLATFORMS BETTER THAN HEELS?

Shoes with a platform base lend more support than heels or stilettos. They offer much more stability and can even be helpful for those with Achilles tendon problems or plantar fasciitis.


WILL SHOES WITHOUT ARCH SUPPORT MAKE YOUR FEET FLAT?

Flat feet are congenital and mainly dependent on genetics. However, shoes with poor arch support may contribute to progression over a very long period of time.

Good supportive shoes may slow the progression of flat feet but generally won’t stop the process completely.


DO SHOES HAVE IMPACT ON YOUR BODY?

Wearing heels shifts the centre of your body mass toward the front of your body, adding extra stress to your knee and hip joints in addition to the front of your feet. However, the opposite impact happens with flats or flip-flops without support have the opposite effect, shifting the centre of your body mass backward. This also affects your hips and knees, and can cause arch pain, tendonitis and Achilles tendon problems.


WHAT IS THE BEST SHOE FOR FEET?

Trendy shoes can be worn occasionally, but should be worn for short periods of time. Don’t make them your footwear mainstay. Ideally, one should wear shoes that make one comfortable and feet should be relaxed. Any sort of foot problems or pains should be consulted with a doctor who will recommend a suitable solution or a different type of shoe.


WHY KIMS?

KIMS, being the best bone and joint clinic in Hyderabad, takes special care of all patients with minor as well as major foot and bone issues. Our best bone health specialist doctors in Hyderabad as well as the best pain management specialist doctors in Hyderabad work in tandem to understand and solve patient problems. Our foot clinic has special section called the diabetic foot care clinic which takes care of the feet problems of diabetic patients. We also have children's podiatrist as well as children’s orthopaedic clinic, making us one of the best orthopaedic hospitals in Hyderabad.

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