While flats are generally understood to be the go-to shoe silhouette for walking without pain, it turns out the editors at Vogue actually wear heels to keep their feet comfortable. As the site pointed out, many editors have walked into the office with cast boots due to injuries like a strained Achilles. Why? Well, it’s not just uncomfortable heels. “There are a lot of diagnoses attributed to heels, but there are just as many caused by flats,” according to Chicago-based podiatrist Dr. Megan Leahy, D.P.M. “When a heel is too low, or the toe of a shoe too tight, the natural distribution of pressure in a step becomes concentrated and strained, causing injuries that can lead all the way from the toe to the knee, back, hips, and even shoulders.” Very interesting.
“The most flats-induced injuries tend to be heel pain from plantar fasciitis,” says David A. Schofield, D.P.M. Some solutions? Well, as the Vogue article pointed out, foot pain is never normal, so pay attention to the pain and invest in inserts or orthotics, and switch to comfortable sneakers if you’re walking a lot. But the most surprising solution a doctor told one of Vogue’s own? “I was told to start wearing heels immediately,” says bookings director Helena Suric of her personal podiatrist’s temporary suggestion. According to Leahy, a two-inch lift in the back of your shoe is just the right height to take pressure off of the Achilles tendon and relieve pain caused by plantar fasciitis.
So the next time you’re worried about your flats causing you pain, try a low heel instead!
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