Stepping Up Your Shoe Choices
There is more to shoes than shopping and fashion – wait, what? There is a science to shoes. Foot-and-ankle specialist Jon Goldsmith, DPM, of CHI Health Orthopedics, shares which shoes are best for your feet.
Athletic shoes – (GOOD) They provide arch support and structure that the foot needs.
Wide-toe shoes – (GOOD) They let your toes breathe and put the foot in a more neutral position.
2” Heels – (OKAY) They put the foot in a more neutral position, but even two-inch heels should be worn in moderation.
Ballet flats – (BAD) They offer no arch support or structure.
Minimalist shoes – (BAD) Minimalist shoes, including flip-flops, have no arch support or any real structure for your foot. They can be dangerous and not many people can tolerate those types of shoes, said Dr. Goldsmith.
Stilettos – (BAD) The pointy toes, narrow base and sky-high heel can cause hammer toe, pump bump, ankle sprains and bunions. Dr. Goldsmith says wear them in moderation – only for a couple of hours to a special event – not all day.