Complete Lower Extremity Healthcare

140 Traders Way
Pooler, GA   31322

(912) 330 - 8885



By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 22, 2016
Category: Foot Care Tips

Stiletto heels and pointed toes have been fashionable since the 1950’s and are still considered design elements of some of the most beautiful and complimentary shoes for women today. Unfortunately, these types of shoes are also responsible for many common and painful foot problems that we see at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC. High heels create an unstable situation for ankles and also force the toes forward into the front of the shoes. Narrow toe boxes that squeeze the toes can cause them to move out of position and press toenails into the skin. This can result in several conditions, including:

If you can’t resist this fashionable footwear, at least try to limit the amount of time you spend wearing this type of shoe and be sure that the shoes you wear most often fit well and don’t put strain on your ankles and toes.

Getting a Good Fit

Below are a few shoe shopping tips to help ensure the shoes you purchase won’t hurt your feet:

  • Start by coming into our Pooler office for a foot exam by our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. The podiatrist will be able to detect toe deformities, pronation issues, flatfeet and other conditions that can be relieved (or made worse) by your shoe choices. If necessary, the foot doctor can prescribe an orthotic device to wear in your shoes to help shift pressure or correct the position of your foot to relieve certain conditions.
  • Get your foot professionally measured. Feet change size over time. Be sure to get both feet measured as most people have one foot that is larger than the other. Always buy shoes to fit your largest feet.
  • Shop at the end of the day—that’s when feet are at their largest.
  • Look for lower heels (1 inch or less) and roomy toe boxes. Check for loose stitching or rough spots inside the shoe that could cause blisters.
  • Try on both shoes in the store and take your time walking around to make sure they are comfortable and don’t rub anywhere. There is no such thing as “breaking in” shoes—they should fit properly from the time you walk out the store.

In the long run, you’ll be glad you sacrificed fashion for good foot health! If you have other questions about proper footwear, contact us at (912) 330–8885.



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Podiatrist / Foot Surgeon - Pooler / Savannah • Leonard M. Talarico, DPM • 140 Traders Way • Pooler GA  31322 • 912-330-8885