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



Peep-toe Shoes

“As long as the peep toe is not restrictive on the toes, they don’t offer any pros or cons in addition to the rest of the shoe. I love the new peep toe boots!”
–    Dr. Marlene Reid, spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association

Peep-toe shoes may be OK for your feet in moderation...“These shoes can be okay if the peep-toe does not rub/irritate the toenails. If there is irritation at the nail plate/groove, this can lead to ingrown toenails.”
(Rated peep-toe shoes 8th on a 13-point scale of 1-Best :: 13-Worst)
–    Dr. Melissa Hong, podiatric expert at Crystal Lake Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, LTD

Flip-Flops

“For the most part, flip flops are almost as bad as heels! They generally do not provide stability and usually Flip-flops are a necessity, but how often can you wear them without hurting your feet?cause the foot to function abnormally.”
–    Dr. Marlene Reid, spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association

“Not my favorite shoe and these need to be worn in moderation. Tendonitis, foot/ankle sprains, trauma/injury since the foot isn’t protected by a vamp, limited arch support, and worsening of hammertoe deformity can all be attributed to wearing these shoes.”
(Rated flip-flops 11th on a 13-point scale of 1-Best :: 13-Worst)
–    Dr. Melissa Hong, podiatric expert at Crystal Lake Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, LTD

“Whether they be the new, technologically advanced, foot-contoured, athletic styled flip-flop, or the run of the mill flip-flop, all should be worn for a limited time. The newer flip-flops on the market are contoured with a deeper heel cup and an arch so that it feels as though your feet have support. Be aware that this is generic support Tall flip flops combine the health effects of wearing flip-flops and those of wearing platform shoes.and not custom designed for the wearer. Flip-flops, as designed, should be worn for a limited time—around the pool, beach, or house. They do not offer protection to the foot in that if a person trips in them, they could catch their toe and rip off the nail or even twist the digit and sprain, or even, break the toe. Being ‘open’ in design, there is no protection if something falls onto the foot, or even to protect against a laceration or abrasion of the skin.”
–    Dr. Robin Ross, podiatrist and New York State Podiatric Medical Association

“Flip flops can lead to plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, broken bones, ankle sprains, cracked heels, foreign bodies.”
–    Dr. Jane Andersen, Board Certified Podiatrist in private practice in Chapel Hill, NC

Sneakers

Which shoes are best for you? Worst for you?“You can NEVER go wrong with a well fitting pair of sneakers from a health standpoint!”
–    Dr. Marlene Reid, spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association

“Sneakers tend to be the best type of shoe because they have adequate arch support, a supportive non-skid sole that provides shock absorption, and a rounded/deep toebox.”
(Rated sneakers 1st on a 13-point scale of 1-Best :: 13-Worst)
–    Dr. Melissa Hong, podiatric expert at Crystal Lake Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, LTD

Running sneakers are probably the best shoes you can wear for good foot health.“The best type of shoe gear is a ‘running’ sneaker or a very good walking shoe. A running sneaker offers the maximum amount of cushion and support and is lightweight. Those new sneakers that have a ‘lower’ heel than forefoot are not recommended because they put too much strain on the Achilles tendon and do not provide enough shock absorption when the foot his the hard ground. These types of shoes may cause an unsteady gait and may increase the chance of tripping or falling.”
–    Dr. Robin Ross, podiatrist and New York State Podiatric Medical Association

Loafers, Flats, Slippers…


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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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