Most people have a Pair of Shoes that they love. They wear their Favourite pair of High Heels or Flip-Flops every chance they can get. However, even though you love the look, your Feet may not share your enthusiasm. Some Shoes can cause Severe Foot Damage such as Hammertoe, Nerve Damage or Back Problems. You want to stay on your Feet as long as possible. So, here is a list of 7 Shoes that you should avoid.

Pointy-Toe Shoes

A Narrow Point on your Shoe may look fashionable but can cause Problems to the Structure of your Feet. Squeezing the Tip of your Toes together may cause Blisters, Hammertoe or Bunions. In extreme cases, Pointy-Toe Shoes may lead to Neuroma, which is an Inflammation of the Nerve between Toes. Most of the time, the Neuroma occurs in between the Second and Third Toes but could affect any Toe. Conservative Treatment for Neuromas will include Custom-Made Foot Orthotics, Physical Therapy, and Therapeutic Laser. Aggressive Therapy may include Corticosteroid Injections and Surgery, as a last resort. To avoid these Symptoms wear Shoes with Wider Toe Boxes.

High Heels

It’s no secret that High Heels Hurt your Feet. After a few hours of Walking in them, you can Feel the Pain. The Higher you Raise your Foot, the more Pressure you put on the Ball of your Foot. If you wear High Heels for too long, the Pressure from the Heel will start to wear down the Fat on the Ball of your Foot causing Metatarsalgia (Pain in the Ball of the Foot). High Heels also Misalign your Ankle forcing your Hips and Knees forward. To compensate for the Misalignment, most women Arch their back which increases Pressure throughout your Back. In total, High Heels could cause the following Complications: Ankle Sprains, Neuromas, Pinched Nerves, Midfoot Fractures, Hypertension, Back and Knee Pain and Hammertoes. Pain isn’t the only way to tell if your High Heels are causing Damage. As a rule of thumb, avoid wearing any Heel over Two Inches Regularly. Save your High Heels for a special event. You may also want to try a Gel Cushion to Relieve Pressure.

Ballet Flats

You may replace your High Heels with Ballet Flats to give your Feet a break. However, Ballet Flats may not be your best option. Flats offer No Support or Cushioning for your Feet. This Lack of Support may cause Overstretching in Ligaments in your Foot. Overstretching may result in Plantar Fasciitis leading to Pain or burning in your Heel or along the Base of your Foot. You can use Custom-Made Foot Orthotics to provide better Support to your Foot. Also, avoid wearing Shoes you can fold in half and put in your purse, which is usually a sign of Poor Foot Support.


Converse-style sneakers offer more Support than Flats; however, they still don’t Absorb Shock or offer Support for your Arches. The Soft Canvas Material is Flexible and doesn’t Support your Foot. Wearing sneakers could lead to Tendonitis, Inflammation, Stress Fractures or Strains. The good news is these Sneakers make adding extra Support Easy, as most Sneakers have room for your Custom-Made Foot Orthotics.


Many people start using Flip-Flops when the weather warms up. While Flip-Flops work well on the beach, they don’t provide enough Support for Extensive Walking. Not only do they cause many of the Risks that Ballet Flats do, but they also have Open Toes. This added risk means your Toes are vulnerable to Jams or Cuts. Avoid wearing Flip-Flops when running or playing sports, unless you are at the beach or pool. If you do need to wear Flip-Flops, try to choose ones that have a Strap on the back to hold your Foot. When you avoid wearing Flip-Flops, you avoid Risks such as Strained Ankles, Broken Toes, Plantar Fasciitis and Tendonitis.

Rain Boots

Just like many Shoes mentioned before, Rain Boots don’t provide Adequate Support for your Feet. The problem is that Rain Boots lack Breathability. Most Rain Boots have a Latex or Thick Rubber construction that doesn’t allow the Heat from your Feet to escape. If you use the same Boots for a long time, you risk Wart Viruses, Fungus, and Bacteria growing on your Feet. You also have to use more effort to walk around with the Boot cuff Scraping on your Calf. Only wear Rain Boots for short amounts of time to avoid these problems.

Old Shoes

No matter what type of Shoe you have, after a few years of wear and tear they too will become harmful to your Feet. Depending on how the Shoe wore out, the Injuries may vary. Most soles wear and Reduce Shock Absorption. Athletic Shoes tend to wear out fastest. The quick stops and starts put Pressure on the Exterior of the Shoe. You should retire your athletic Shoes after 400-600 km of use. Most other Shoes need replacing based on the amount of Wear. Use these tips to keep your Feet in good condition and Prevent Further Complications down the road. If you are experiencing Foot Discomfort, contact The Foot Clinic today to see one our Foot Specialists in Toronto, Ontario.