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



Loafers

“The lack of heel support in the typical loafer is bad for people with heel pain.”
–    Dr. Marlene Reid, spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association

Loafers can be pretty good for your feet as long as they are made well.“Well-made loafers can also be considered ‘foot healthy’ if they satisfy the above mentioned characteristics [adequate arch support, a supportive non-skid sole that provides shock absorption, and a rounded/deep toebox].”
(Rated loafers 2nd on a 13-point scale of 1-Best :: 13-Worst)
–    Dr. Melissa Hong, podiatric expert at Crystal Lake Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, LTD

“Flats, loafers depend on level of support. Usually flats have no arch support, which can lead to plantar fascitis, stress fractures.”
–    Dr. Jane Andersen, Board Certified Podiatrist in private practice in Chapel Hill, NC

Flats

“Most flats offer no support to the arch or the heel; they are difficult to wear with custom orthotics, and many are so flimsy that they are really not much better than slippers.”
–    Dr. Marlene Reid, spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association

Flats are mediocre when it comes to shoes and foot health.“The flat has its advantages as they usually have a round or square toebox, which can accommodate hammertoe/bunion deformities. If the flat has a supportive arch with a rigid heel counter, then they are a good shoe to wear.”
(Rated flats 5th on a 13-point scale of 1-Best :: 13-Worst)
–    Dr. Melissa Hong, podiatric expert at Crystal Lake Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, LTD

“Flats, or ballet slippers, worn for an extended period of time may cause a painful condition of the arch muscle known as plantar fasciitis. This occurs when the arch muscle is stretched too much, because of insufficient support, and causes pain which may also lead to heel pain. When there is chronic plantar fasciitis the heel pain may cause a condition known as a heel spur, which, too, can become a painful condition of the heel making it difficult to walk.”
–    Dr. Robin Ross, podiatrist and New York State Podiatric Medical Association

Slippers

Fuzzy bunny slippers are adorable and fun, but they might not be supportive enough to wear on a regular basis.“Slippers only provide protection from the ground. They don’t do anything to support the foot and often prevent people from walking normally.”
–    Dr. Marlene Reid, spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association

“These shoes only provide cushion, which is at least better than walking barefoot. I usually Doctors recommend mocassins as a supportive type of slipper for their patients to wear.recommend that patients buy a pair of moccasin type slippers and put a pair of OTC inserts in them to provide more arch support.”
(Rated slippers 9th on a 13-point scale of 1-Best :: 13-Worst)
–    Dr. Melissa Hong, podiatric expert at Crystal Lake Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, LTD

Slippers/barefoot: not enough support for the average person, especially on hard surfaces such as wood or tile floors. Can lead to plantar fasciitis, stress fractures.”
–    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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