While their name implies comfort, flatform shoes, the latest trend in footwear (think Miley Cyrus and Katie Perry) may end up being anything but comfortable. Flatform shoes are half platform shoes, half ballet flat--supposedly the look of high heels with the comfort of flats. Originally introduced in 2011, these shoes are back in style now much to the consternation of this Seattle podiatrist.
Flatforms are bad for your feet because they are inflexible so your foot can’t do what it was intended to do which is flex when you walk. This makes them very unstable. When you can’t walk properly you’re more likely to fall which it what Vogue writer Liana Satenstein experienced when she was in recently in Japan. As a result of her fall she tore a ligament. Apparently these trendy shoes have been all the rage in Japan for many years where flatform accidents are epidemic.
Shoes like these are the worst choice if you already have an unstable or unsteady gait. But even those with perfect feet and balance can be laid flat by this shoe with a torn ligament or a broken ankle. Torn ligaments are a usualy the result of an ankle sprain from a fall. How long you’ll be out of commission depends to a great degree on the height of the fall, how bad the ankle was twisted, and other factors.
Finding the right shoe for you is often a matter of really understanding your own individual feet and foot limitations. One way to do this is by joining Dr. Robyn Paloian and me at Nordstrom’s at Northgate in Seattle on Saturday, July 12th from 10am – 12 noon. We’ll be looking through the sea of the latest fashions to find something that will work for your particularly foot type.
To make a reservation for this event, contact us at 206-368-7000 or send an email to [email protected] with the subject line, "I want to go shopping with Dr. Berg and Dr. Robyn".