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Posts for tag: Ballet Flats

By Dr Arden Smith
February 24, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ballet Flats  
                            
 
Ballet flats are a very popular shoe style for women on the go. I know because many of my patients asked me if they are OK to wear. It is all in moderation. I understand that even non-ballerina ladies like keeping ballet flats in their purse for the end of the workday, or a night out on the town, because they fold easily in their purse. 
 
Unfortunately, they aren’t the best shoe for your feet.
 
The construct of ballet shoes provides very little support around and along the sole of the foot. This can expose the foot to high amounts of friction, which can cause pain along the bottom of the foot and cause blisters. The lack of support can put the foot in a vulnerable position, leading to potential twisting and sprains of the ankle and overuse injuries.
 
Without proper arch support in ballet flats, wearing them for more than an hour a day can lead to plantar fasciitis and heel pain. Also, the very thin sole exposes the foot to potential puncture wounds. Stepping on any sharp object on the sidewalk, or parking lot can break through the sole of the shoe, leading to potential infections.
 
Always feel free to ask any of our expert podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, or Maspeth any question you have regarding proper shoes.


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