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6 Shoes That Are Bad For Your Feet

High heels may hurt like heck after a day at the office or a night out, but they’re not the only type of footwear that you should avoid. Check out the different styles of shoes that could be hurting you more than you know.

1. High heels put undue stress on the ball of your foot and cause misalignment throughout your body. Eventually, high heels can even cause the Achilles tendon to shorten and tighten, making it painful to wear flats too. Lower heels and wedges are better because they better distribute your weight, but can still cause calluses and other foot issues

2. Flip flops don’t just rub between your toes, they also cause serious misalignment in your ankles, knees, and hips. They are also a leading cause of plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis and can lead to bone spurs and hammertoes as your foot struggles to hang onto the thong prong.

3. Flats are often touted as the counterpoint to heels but they offer little support, like flip-flops and can lead to foot pain and problems down the road.

4. Worn out running shoes shouldn’t be worn without replacing the supportive cushions because then they are little better than flats. Running shoes should offer support, even if you’re no longer running in them.

5. Pointy-toed shoes don’t allow your toes room to breathe and can cause ingrown toenails and blisters.

6. Flexible soles that allow you to bend the shoe in half don’t offer enough support for your arches.

Look for footwear that offers support and are comfortable and inflexible. Sneakers and sandals with straps are the best shoes for your feet because trendy styles like mules and other backless options force you to work too hard to hold them all, causing pain and problems. It also helps to switch up your shoes on a regular basis to avoid overuse of muscles and joint pain.

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