Every day I tell my patients about the importance of wearing shoes that don't easily twist, bend only at the toes, and have a stiff heel counter. I recommend that they view my video that demonstrates how to test out shoes before they buy them so they know in advance that they are getting a great shoe.

This weekend I was reminded by an article in the New York Post that just because you purchase good shoes for your kids or yourself, it's equally important to wear shoes the right way in order to get the benefits. The article showed a new trend; a shoe with a heel you step on made by a company called Everlane. To me this is totally ridiculous particularly if you have foot problems and need the extra support. It also sends the message to kids that it's OK to wear your shoes badly.

Some kids already have some bad habits when it comes to wearing their shoes properly.

How often have you seen your kids walk out the door with the front of their feet in their shoes but the back of their feet on top of the back heel instead of in the shoe (sounds like the Everlane shoe, doesn't it?). Or possibly they don't bother to unlace or unvelcro their shoes when they take them off and then they simply grind their heel into their shoe to get them on.  

And this isn't just kids, I've seen adults do it too.

All this does is wreck the heel counter making it more flexible and eliminating any benefit that a stiff heel counter gives, such as preventing twisted ankles.

If you or your child twists an ankle or have another painful foot problem don't hesitant to call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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