“Life is just too short to be uncomfortable all the time or expect shoes to magically become more comfortable with time,” states Dr. Earnest Isaacson, D.P.M,FACFAS, a New York-based podiatrist and podiatric surgeon.
Many women develop a variety of foot issues that can include hammertoes, bunions, plantar fasciitis, loose fat pads at the bottom of their feet and more. So finding a shoe that fits and is stunning at the same time can be difficult, but you don’t have to have a future of only flats. In fact, heels might even be a better option. “It’s always shocking to hear from a podiatrist that heels are better for you than flats,” said Dr. Isaacson.”Many of the foot pains that limp into my office are due to shoes that are flat and unsupportive. Use a comfortable shoe with a good orthotic and plenty of room, or a low heel.”
As a high-heeled shoe lover, you’ll be happy to learn that more and more shoes are being built with arch supports and more! Some brands have even been developed by orthopedic surgeons (Dr. Taryn Rose of Taryn Rose, Dr. Joan Oloff of Joan Oloff Shoes, Dr. Phillip Vasyli of Vionic,), so these shoes baby your feet.
Dr. Isaacson advises that the best time to try on shoes is at the end of the day. ”Your feet are a bit swollen, so you’ll have appropriate room for your toes.” If you’re eyeing sandals, Dr. Isaacson suggests using foot care products that contain lactic acid and urea-based products, as they ”Debride and exfoliate thick, cracked skin.”
Who said heels had to be uncomfortable? From leg-toning pumps to strappy sandals you'll never want to take off, there are more comfortable heel options out there then you think. Keep scrolling for Woman's World's picks of the most stylish heels that won’t hurt!
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