Your favorite pair of heels or flip-flops could be your worst enemy if worn too often. Podiatrists and foot surgeons agree that although the cause of bunions and other related pain in the feet is hereditary, your choice in shoes can either slow down or speed up the development of these ailments.
Although high-heels and flip-flop sandals may offer the perfect look for work and play, respectively, they can serve as catalysts for foot problems, especially if you wear them too often. Harvard Medical School states that bunions and problems with arch support are much more common among women than men, mostly because the already sensitive bones in the feet that are inherited from parents who have bunions are often wedged into narrow, ill-fitting and impractical footwear.
Seasonal Trends for Foot Pain
According to North Carolina news source The News & Observer, your foot pain in relation to shoes actually depends on the time of year. Dr. Kevin Logel says that "In summer, we see a lot of problems with arches, pains in the forefoot with stress fractures." This is mostly due to overuse of flip-flops and can result in flat feet. And in the winter? "…with closed-toe shoes we see a lot of bunions." Yes, this means your favorite closed-toe pumps could come back to haunt you.
When in doubt, go with your flats
Dr. George Holmes, a podiatrist interviewed by Illinois news source the Naperville Sun, suggested that practicality is the best way to go. If only worn three to fours hours sporadically, high heels shouldn't present a long term problem with bunions. However, experts advise to stick to your Mary Janes for a simple stroll down the street. It is always best to just use your common sense. If worn every day, high heels, especially the pointy-toed ones, can really trigger the growth of this common toe ailment.