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While the press is applauding Melania Trump's switch to Converse sneakers to meet with Florida hurricane victims, she could have become a victim herself.  One misconception among high heel wearers--going from heels to flat shoes is not a problem.

For women like Melania, with a daily diet of high heels, it can be a big problem. Frequent high heel wearers end up with shortened calf muscles which can put them at greater risk for plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis when switching to flat shoes.

To avoid the potential problem Melania would have had to do a lot of stretching to get her calves loose enough before her trip to Florida.

A much better choice would have been a running shoe.

Why?

Running shoes aren't flat. Not only do they have arch support, they also have a lift in the heel that could have prevented plantar fasciitis if she was prone to it. But my best guess is Melania chose the inexpensive Converse so she wouldn't catch any more flack.

To learn more about what else put's a person at risk for plantar fasciitis, visit our Heel Pain Center of the Northwest.

Related articles:

Flat, Flat Shoes Can Leave Your Feet Flat
High Heel Hints from Your Seattle Podiatrist
Painful Foot Conditions in Women Runners

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Many women search desperately to find a way they can wear high heels and not be in pain. Some of the answers we've found online include taping your toes together, wearing heels with open toes, and wearing metatarsal pads to prevent ball of foot pain. Some of these may work temporarily but they are not the best solution.

A recent article I read was advertising fancy flat shoes as an antidote to wearing painful high heels.

Although wearing very flat shoes will prevent your toes from jamming into the front of your shoes and won't cause your bunions to progress, flats can cause other painful conditions such as heel pain and Achilles tendonitis.

In fact if you wear high heels frequently and immediately switch to flat shoes you're even more likely to suffer from one of these conditions.

Why?

When you wear high heels your calf muscle shortens up. Then when you switch to flat shoes this muscle stretches out rapidly. Imagine a rubber band at rest. When you stretch it too far it can snap. Although the tissues in your foot won't snap, they can overstretch too quickly putting stress on the plantar fascia and the Achilles tendon.

Other women who are likely to have problems wearing flat shoes are those with flat feet. It's common for people with flat feet to get these same painful foot conditions due to the faulty structure of the foot.

So what can you do to prevent these conditions?

  • Avoid transitioning from high heel to flat shoes rapidly (although I don't recommend flat shoes for anyone, if you're going to wear them it's important to wear a shoe with an inch heel first or a running shoe that naturally has lift under the heel of the foot)

  • Avoid wearing flat shoes, particularly if you have flat feet.

  • If you get heel pain often and over-the-counter inserts aren't working, you'll likely need custom orthotics to correct your faulty foot structure.

Other relevant blogs and pages:

Flat, Flat Shoes Can Leave Your Feet Flat
Heel Pain Center of the Northwest

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.

Get our free foot book "No More Foot Pain", mailed directly to your home.

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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By Dr. Rion Berg
February 26, 2014
Category: Heel pain

This week I had a distress call from daughter number two who works in retail. “Dad I think I have plantar fasciitis. My right heel and arch are killing me.” When I visited her at work, everything fit together. Many hours of standing on hard floors and wearing cute, totally flat shoes was surely leaving her feet flat and causing plantar fasciitis.

While ice, rest, and some anti-inflammatory medication may take the edge off acute plantar heel pain, the longer term solution often requires additional support. So, how do you do this and continue to be stylish?

The simplest thing to do is to stop wearing flat, flat shoes. Wearing shoes with up to a one inch heel will do two things. First it will shift the weight off the heel and drop the front of your foot, relaxing the pull on your arch and the plantar fascia. Second, this will also relax your calf muscle/ achilles tendon. This can be crucial to reduce the stress on the arch of your foot.

This week was also my annual visit to Seattle shoe stores to find out what's new in women's shoes. One of the women’s shoe stores that continues to impress me with great service, smart styles, and high customer satisfaction, is Mirage shoe store located in Wallingford. The store is owned by two women who put their heart and their soul into helping customers find the right shoe for the right foot for the right activity. Their staff can also fit you with an over-the-counter arch support that may be all you need to keep your feet healthy.

So, don’t leave your feet flat. Put the spring back into your step by supporting your feet in style and comfort.

If you are still experiencing heel pain after tossing your flat, flat shoes make an appointment with one of our Seattle podiatrists by calling 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.