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Here's How Your Shoe Choice Affects Your Physical Health

Which shoes you choose to wear can significantly affect your everyday health. Poorly designed or ill-fitting shoes can lead to shor- and long-term health problems. Even if your pain or discomfort isn't located in your feet, your footwear could be causing serious physical pain elsewhere in your body.

At Ani Medical Group in Hazlett and Old Bridge, New Jersey, our team of orthopedic specialists can help you choose the right footwear and address pain caused by poorly fitting shoes. 

Health problems caused by poor shoe choice

Ill-fitting shoes can cause short- and long-term health issues. The most immediate effects are usually seen in your feet.


A bunion is misalignment and swelling of the joint at the base of the big toe (if on the little toe, it’s a bunionette). While the genetics that determine your foot structure can make you prone to bunions, shoes that are too narrow and/or have pointy toes typically prompt the appearance of bunions. Moving to a shoe that fits better and takes pressure off of the joint(s) can help, and our team may prescribe splints, or in some cases, surgery to relieve the swelling and correct joint deformity. 


Hammertoe happens when one of your middle toes (typically the longest toe) bends downward. The muscles lock up, and corns can develop where the toe rubs against the inner sole of your shoe or other toes. Shoes that cramp the toes can contribute to hammertoe, which could require surgery to fix. 

Fallen arches

Collapsed or fallen arches are often known as flat feet, and occur when there is tightness in the Achilles tendon. This can lead to incredible pain in the arches and heels of the feet and associated pain that can run up the backs of the legs. This is often made worse by wearing no-heel shoes with zero arch support. Orthotics can often alleviate pain and strain.

Low back pain

It's estimated that around 80% of adults have lower back pain at some point in their lives. Shoes that don't promote proper balance of the body and spine positioning can contribute to low back pain when standing. Evaluation of your normal standing position can allow our team to prescribe orthotics that help promote good spine posture. 

If you think your footwear could be the culprit causing your foot, joint, tendon, or back pain, it’s time to seek the advice of the experts. Contact one of our convenient New Jersey locations in Hazlett or Old Bridge at 732-264-8282, or make an appointment using our online booking system. 

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