"Ballet flats are a very popular shoe style for women on the go. I know because many of my patients ask me if they are okay to wear. It is all in moderation. I understand that even non-ballerina ladies like keeping ballet flats in the purse for the end of the workday or a night out on the town because they fold easily in their purse. But unfortunately, they aren’t the best shoe for your feet, says Bobby Pourziaee, DPM, of Rodeo Drive Podiatry.
|Dr. Bobby Pourziaee
"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," says Dr. Pourziaee.
Source: Lauren Eggertsen, Who What Wear [5/9/19]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.