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many people suffer from foot and ankle pain unnecessarily.

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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
April 17, 2014
Category: Shoes

Flats Hurting Your FeetThe fashion gurus at InStyle online advise that a basic pair of red flats is one of the top ten things every woman should own – a shoe that brings a pop of color in every season. While they may make a great fashion statement, the reality is your feet could pay the price. When you spend long hours walking in ballet flats, hurting feet are a likely consequence at the end of the day.

We all have those key pieces in our closets, and if flats are your shoes of choice this spring, we want to share a few things that could save your foot health in the long run. They may be comfortable at first—a barely-there type of shoe that hugs your foot like a slipper, but that is exactly how they can be bad for you. Similar to a pair of slippers, flats often provide no support for your foot. Most styles have no arch support and very little padding in the insole. The flimsier the shoe, the less protection your feet have and the more pain you could feel if you wear them for long periods of time. A lack of support and cushioning can lead to extra stress on the muscles and ligaments in your feet. When this happens, your feet can feel tired and achy. It also puts you at risk for an injury such as plantar fasciitis—when the ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot becomes strained and inflamed.

If you like this style of shoe, we suggest wearing a pair of custom orthotic inserts inside them to ensure your feet stay healthy and pain free. Fitting your inserts is an easy process by which we take a mold of your foot and make an insert tailored specifically to how it needs to be supported. They are great!

For help with foot pain or to discuss obtaining a pair of orthotics, contact Philip S. Pinsker, D.P.M. by calling our Washington, PA office today at (724) 225-7410 to make an appointment or visiting us online.

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