- There are predominantly five types of footwear one must avoid
- Flip-flops are termed as the worst type of footwear
- Spiked heels can result in the inflammation of the ball of the foot
- It is wiser to buy comfortable footwear that is expensive as opposed to cheaper and poorly designed footwear
As little girls, many of us would have fancied owning a pair of high heels and flaunting them on various occasions (even if it meant going to the playground). A few tantrums were all that needed for a new pair of Dolce and Gabbana’s fashionable footwear. For those girls who preferred being sporty, running shoes, especially those with a strong sole and were light-weight, were equally expensive. While most parents choose to keep their children happy in all circumstances, the impacts of such decisions are often visible in their adulthood.
They, soon, grow accustomed to the sandals or shoes that their parents had often chosen for them. This could lead to several critical ailments – including nerve damage, hammertoe (an abnormality of the second, third or fourth toe) and calluses (formation of a toughened area of skin in response to repeated friction).
Footwear that women must avoid
Below is a list of footwear women must avoid wearing at any given point in time.
Flip-flops are a favorite among many women. It is easy to and is quite ‘airy.’ But did you know that experts consider such goods to be the worst of its kind?
The American Podiatric Medical Association state that the frequent use of flip-flops can cause scraped feet, broken toes and even chronic problems like tendonitis (an inflammation a tendon, a thick cord that joins bone to muscle). The reasons behind these injuries are:
- Flip-flops don’t provide any arch support
- They do not protect the foot effectively
- They fail to provide adequate support
2. Spiked heels
Spiked heels are known to add a few extra shades of pride among women. Then again, its frequent use can harm her physique in a drastic manner. This is because:
- High-heels can shorten the Achilles tendon, causing Achilles tendonitis (an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone)
- It puts a lot of pressure on the ball of the foot causing acute pain or even stress fractures
- The excessive use of high-heels will eventually stress the back, knees and hips
3. Pointed toe-pumps
These shoes look dazzling. But are also known to cause severe injuries. These include:
- Hammer-toes: Your toes appear to look like the hook of the hammer
- Neuroman – An inflammation between of the nerves with the toes.
- Metatarsalgia – An inflammation on the ball of the foot
4. Ballet flats
This type of footwear is ideal when performing the ‘Swan Lake’. On other days, ballet flats are as bad as flip-flops. These foot wears are not meant to be used on daily basis for they cause:
- Plantar Fasciitis – The pain and inflammation caused when the tissues supporting the muscles and the arch of the foot get overly stretched and the surface of the foot tears.
5. Backless mules
Backless mules are often preferred over other types of footwear due to its easy-to-use design. But, most often, women who frequently use such shoes get certain ailments like:
- Hammertoe: This occurs as the toes grab the shoe for support
- Calluses and breaks: This is because the shoe constantly taps the heel
Choosing the right footwear
Indeed, money matters. The question is would you spend a four-figured sum of money to purchase good footwear today or would you rather spend a sum in six-digits (or more) at the age of 45?
Several instances of spinal injuries and knee replacements could be attributed to the use of bad or improper footwear. Here are a few tips that could help you purchase wisely:
- Whenever you buy a pair of shoes, try to ensure that the footwear supports the arch, or at least, provides some support to the foot while walking.
- Don’t stress the foot in any manner.
- In the case of sports shoes, buy footwear that are not exactly a perfect fit. Ensure that there is a gap of at least half-an-inch between the toe and the shoe.
- Don’t worry about the price tag, even if you might have to purchase the footwear again. Remember, surgical costs are likely to rise in due course of time.
Try not to be carried away by trends and styles. Wear footwear that is comfortable and makes you feel confident at all times.