Post # 1
I really need some advice!
How high is too high for shoes to be supportive? Is 2.5″ too high? I’ve been told that I need sensible shoes and boots to wear with orthotics but manly/granny shoes are hell for me.
Post # 3
The best thing for foot issues, is the no fun type stuff like well fiting sneakers. As orthoics will only fit properly in so many types of shoes
It also depends on what your issues are. Bunions? Plantar fasciitis? Corns?
I’m not a podiatrist, but my friends dad is and I worked for him as an assitant for years.
I don’t think there is in issue wearing heels now and then as it doesn’t really cause the problems, its mainly genetics 😉
Post # 4
It depends on a lot of things. What’s wrong with your feet, how often you wear heels/how long each day you wear them, what kind of orthotic you are getting etc. A 2.5 inch might be fine if you plan on wearing them out to dinner, but be too much if you are wearing them all day at work.
Post # 5
@Eva Peron: My problems are largely with my knees but apparently that may be caused by slightly dropped arches.
I usually wear 4″ heels alternated with flats, but she said that low heels are okay (if the shoes are supportive). So I’ve ordered low-ish (probably about 2.5″ heeled) Mary-Janes from Clarks and I like the look of a pair of Timberland knee-high boots with a similar heel.
I couldn’t honestly live in trainers. If I’m going to be told that I can’t have the orthotics in what are (for me) pretty low heels, I’ll just forget it and live with it.
Post # 6
I’m just getting really stressed about the shoe thing because I do want to be comfortable but mentally as well as physically. I hate myself in trainers outside of the gym or casual wear. I have a largely sedentary job and inwardly cringe at the thought of having to wear ugly shoes, but don’t feel that she gave me much guidance on what was acceptable other than it needing to hold my foot in place.
Post # 7
I’ve read that Podiatrists usually recommend things around the 2″ mark. You might be ok with 2.5″, you’d have to ask your doctor.
Unfortunately, trainers give you the most foot support. The problem with heels is they hold your foot in unnatural positions and place stress/body weight on places your foot wasn’t designed for. Walking around with such poor, unnatural form can cause damage to your feet and joints, and in your case it’s knees. Even if the cause of your knee troubles wasn’t due to heels, heels probably aggravated whatever your preexisting condition was. Fortunately, a lot of athletic shoe companies have lines of flats and stylish sneakers that don’t look like your traditional gym shoe. For instance, Puma makes some cute flats. If you dress 50s style, you could try Converse shoes with your Orthotics.
Post # 8
@abirdword: I’m going to send back the shoes I bought, but I don’t think that I can face wearing Converse. I’m going to have to find some sort of compromise.
I’m going to complain about the podiatrist though, she caused me a lot of stress with her attitude and refusal to give me guidance.