Top 5 Reasons Shoes Cause Foot Pain

After a long, hard day, it’s normal to want to kick up your feet and relax. It’s not normal to struggle with foot pain at the end of your day. The culprit could be your footwear, as often your shoes cause foot pain – or at least exaggerate it.

They may look great, but if they’re not comfortable, your shoes may need to go. There are a variety of reasons your shoes may be causing aches and pains, but look at a quick Top 5 to make sure you’re not suffering from self-inflicted foot pain.


  • Too Restrictive: You may want to lace up tightly or use a shoehorn to jam your tootsies into a pair, but you may be working against your feet’s structure and purpose. The foot is a complex system of bones and muscle that requires flexion to work properly, causing pain.
  • Too Small: Think your feet haven’t changed size since your Sweet 16 party? Think again. As you age, your arch naturally flattens, lengthening your foot and changing your shoe size. It’s not uncommon for adults to gain a full shoe size as they age.
  • Too Pointy: Those pointy-toed shoes look great with your outfit, but many aren’t really designed for human feet. When shoes are too pointy and don’t offer enough room in the toe box, it puts pressure on your big toe. Eventually, this can cause painful bunions.
  • Too Tall: Just like those chic pointy toes are bad for you, tall heels can be killer. The higher your heel, the more pressure and torque on your joints the shoes inflict. Just an extra inch of lift in your heels can cause significantly more aches and pains in your feet.
  • Too Flat: Shoes are made with an arch for a reason: to support your feet. When you wear shoes with poor support (like those flip-flops or Chuck Taylors), your foot muscles compensate while you walk, flexing tightly to provide arch support. After a long day in flat shoes, your arches may ache simply because they’re worn out.

Choosing proper shoes may not be a silver bullet for curing foot pain, but it’s a great place to start. Shoes cause foot pain frequently, so think about your wardrobe choices before scheduling a visit with our foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Gregg Koldenhoven.

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