How Do Your Favorite Shoes Stack up? Short-term and Long-term Health Effects of Popular Types of Shoes



Boots with a Heel

“Assuming you mean high heels, boots are no different than high heel shoes.”
–    Dr. Marlene Reid, spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association

Boots with a heel aren't that much worse for you than boots without a heel....“The advantage of a boot is that the vamp goes above your ankle which lends itself to greater
ankle support. This is especially useful in patients with chronic lateral ankle instability. Again, if the heel is high and is not a wide/solid base, it can lead to the same problems mentioned in the high heel section.”
(Rated boots with heel 3rd on a 13-point scale of 1-Best :: 13-Worst)
–    Dr. Melissa Hong, podiatric expert at Crystal Lake Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, LTD

Boots without a Heel

Uggs are a popular choice in footwear these days -- these boots aren't too bad for your foot health...“I love boots as long as they fit comfortably, bend at the ball of the foot, and are under 2.5 inches in height for most women. Boots with a flat heel or a riding style boot are always in style and perfect for casual wear.”
–    Dr. Marlene Reid, spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association

“Boots without heel get the same answer as boots with heel.”
(Rated boots without a heel 3rd on a 13-point scale of 1-Best :: 13-Worst)
–    Dr. Melissa Hong, podiatric expert at Crystal Lake Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, LTD

Clogs

“Women who have ‘pump bumps’ – enlarged bumps at the back of the heel – love clogs because they don’t cause pressure there. Women with heel pain should avoid clogs because they don’t offer any stability to the heel.”
–    Dr. Marlene Reid, spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association

Fuzzy black clogs are fun and fashionable, but how good are they for your feet?“Without a back heel counter, the foot flops around in this shoe. The key to stabilizing/controlling the forefoot is controlling the heel. This can only be accomplished in a shoe with a heel counter. People wearing these shoes tend to develop tendonitis.”
(Rated clogs 10th on a 13-point scale of 1-Best :: 13-Worst)
–    Dr. Melissa Hong, podiatric expert at Crystal Lake Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, LTD

Brown clogs can be a staple in your wardrobe, but how good is that for your feet?Clogs: many are supportive (like Dansko) but an open backed shoe can lead to cracked heels.”
–    Dr. Jane Andersen, Board Certified Podiatrist in private practice in Chapel Hill, NC

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2 thoughts on “How Do Your Favorite Shoes Stack up? Short-term and Long-term Health Effects of Popular Types of Shoes

  1. Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation, or, rarely, a cyst.”;-`

  2. I’m super petite and it’s hard for me to stay way from high heels and wedges,it’s the only way to add height to my small body frame… 🙁 I wish i’m tall so i can avoid these risky stilletos… 😥

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