Vary shoe type, podiatrists warn

Published: 2011-08-04 13:30:58
Author: Martin Lambert

 People should vary their shoe type and heel height on a daily basis, the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists has warned.

Podiatrist Lorraine Jones said that wearing high heels is fine in moderation, but "choosing the right shoe for the job" is vital.

She explained that individuals should ensure there is 1cm between the longest toe and the end of the shoe and an adequate amount of width and depth to support the foot.

"If you're going out for the evening then high heels are fine for short periods, but for everyday wear you should ideally opt for a wide-toe shoe with supportive straps to hold your foot in place, and a low heel of around 3cm," added Ms Jones.

This follows a statement from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons which maintained that it is important clinicians assess lesser toe deformities as they are often treatable and can be symptomatic of other conditions.