Trace of Evidence that Your Shoes are Wrong for You - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/19/03

Trace of Evidence that Your Shoes are Wrong for You

High heels, they come with a price to pay -- after the price you pay for the shoes. So, is fashion worth it? Blisters, red marks, numbness. Your feet are just throbbing in pain.

"Bruised up, kind of, they just really dig into the skin, but it's okay. I'm used to it. I always wear high heels," says one woman. Some women feel that pain is beauty.

Well, here's the verdict from the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society. 9 out of 10 women wear shoes that just don't fit. Those bad shoes can cause foot problems like bunions, corns, and even foot deformities. Women suffer more shoe-related damage than men, partly due to the way a woman's hips are aligned, but if you must wear heels, Dr. Tom Hopkins offers this advice.

"Avoid heels higher than 2.5 inches. Avoid tight fitting shoes, even if they really look good. And instead of going by a certain size, go by how comfortable they feel. If the shoe fits, wear it," says Dr. Hopkins.

Dr. Hopkins also says the best way to see if the shoes in your closet are the right fit for your feet is to stand on a piece of paper and have someone trace around your foot with a pen. Then, hold that up to the bottom of your shoe. If your shoe is smaller than the outline, that's a sign you're wearing shoes that could damage your feet.

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