How Certain Shoes Can Cause You Pain

If you’re a fashion-forward individual, you know that the right shoes can make or break an outfit. What you may not know, however, is that the wrong shoes can also lead to deformities and can also cause foot pain. Not surprisingly, designer shoes and rock bottom prices can be enticing, but it is important to make sure that your new shoes fit properly and provide the support you need. From a statistical standpoint, more than 75 percent of Americans have experienced foot pain at some point in their lives. It is also worth noting that women tend to experience foot pain more frequently than men as a result of their choice in shoes, meaning they either fit poorly or have an unnatural shape. In this article, we will take a closer look at foot pain and how the shoes we love may be contributing to the problem.


Because foot pain is often correlated to the type of shoes we wear, let’s take a moment to point out some of the biggest offenders. Shoes that offer minimal support like flip flops, for example, can place an extraordinary amount of pressure on the feet, which can cause pain and may lead to foot deformities. The same also applies to high-heeled shoes as well.


Foot pain can take on many forms; for example, if you’re experiencing pain specifically in your toes, this is generally an indication that your shoes are too small. On the other hand, if you’re experiencing pain primarily in the front of your feet, your shoes do not be providing enough support. Along with foot pain, wearing either the wrong shoes or shoes that are badly worn can cause the following foot deformities:

Corns and calluses – These two conditions are characterized by thickened layers of skin that develop between the toes and on the soles of the feet, which is caused by wearing shoes that do not fit properly.

Bunions – These are painful deformities that occur around the big or little toe and are usually caused by wearing narrow high-heeled shoes. Bunions typically cause the affected toe to turn inwards towards your other toes. When this happens, the bony protrusion of the affected toe begins to rub against the side or top of the shoe.


Wearing ill-fitting shoes is never a good idea; however, continuing to wear shoes that are past their prime can be just as bad. Whether you’re exercising or simply walking, performing these activities in worn out shoes increase your risk of foot, knee, and hip injuries. That said, if the outsole, midsole, heel counter, or insole of your shoes are beginning to show significant signs of wear, you may want to think about replacing them.

In summation, if you have foot pain from wearing flip flops, the wrong shoes, or ill-fitting shoes, it may be a good idea to reconsider your footwear even it means being just a little less fashion-forward.