6 Types of Shoes That Can Do Serious Damage To Your Body
Have you checked your feet recently?
D.G. Sciortino

If you think about how many steps you take in a year, which equates to about 181.4 miles for the average person, you’d realize just how important good shoes are.

Wearing shoes that are bad for your feet can really do some damage if you wear them enough. Bad shoes can cause joint paint, back pain, collapsed arches, athlete’s foot, nail problems, blisters, and corns.

“Correctly fitting footwear should have little or no negative impact on our health. Poorly chosen and incorrectly fitting footwear can impact negatively on our feet. Shoes with higher heels, poor grip and inappropriate or absent fastenings have been linked to impaired walking, balance and falls, while foot constriction within shoes can create parathaesia (pins and needles) or temporary numbness,” Carnation Footcare Podiatrist Michael Ratcliffe tells NetDoctor.


“If footwear is incorrect then short term problems can become long term ones with an unwillingness to pursue activities such as walking or even affect the ability to work in a chosen occupation with consequent mental, emotional and physical implications.”

There are certain shoes that are known to mess up your feet, so you need to know what to look out for.

Here Are 6 Types of Shoes That Can Do Some Serious Damage To Your Body:

1) Platforms Shoes

Platform shoes seem cute and a sturdier alternative to high heels but they can still do some damage to your feet. Platform shoes just aren’t flexible which means your footbed remains rigid when you wear them. Our feet need to bend in a certain way when we walk and platform shoes prevent them from doing so.

2) Pointed Shoes

Pointy shoes don’t make feet happy, especially wide feet. The pointed front puts pressure on your toes. This can lead to nerve pain and uncomfortable blisters.

3) Light Running Shoes

Running shoes should only be for running. Running shoes tend to be too flexible and soft for everyday wear. This can cause plantar fasciitis which is an inflammation of the fibrous tissue along the bottom of your foot called the plantar fascia which connects your heel bone to your toes. You need shoes with a harder bottom for everyday use.

4) High Heels

These shoes are obviously bad for your feet when you wear them all the time. They contort your feet into an unnatural fashion. You can sprain your ankles wearing these things, get ingrown toenails, suffer nerve damage and lower back pain.

5) Flip Flops

Flip flops are great in the summertime. But they can misalign your ankles and knees since they don’t properly support your feet. They can also cause calluses.

6) Flat Shoes

Flat shoes can cause damage to your legs. This is because they lack arch support and put pressure on your plantar fascia. This will cause pain in your knees and your back. You can get orthotic inserts for these shoes to properly position your feet.

So the next time you need to buy shoes make sure they provide enough sturdy, comfortable support to avoid any foot, joint, or even back problems. Your body will thank you.

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By D.G. Sciortino
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