Ballet Flats May Be Wrecking Your Feet

By Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

I love ballet flats. But, foot doctors say they're not that great for our feet. Boo hoo. If you're a fan of flats, consider doing this to improve the health of your feet...

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Flats are cute, and I'm a sucker for them. I own way too many, even despite the fact that they hurt my feet (I also want a pair of the new TOMS ballet flats, above!). But, flats are like "walking on cardboard" say experts. Such little support can leave your feet aching and even lead to painful foot conditions like plantar fasciitis. Some advice from WebMD foot experts: "If you love the look of ballet flats, over-the-counter inserts may help prevent mild foot pain. Heel pads can provide extra cushioning for achy heels. And custom orthotics can ease a whole range of foot pains and problems. Podiatrists prescribe these inserts to provide arch support and reduce pressure on sensitive areas. Prescription orthotics can be pricey, but are sometimes covered by insurance."

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If you're looking for a pair of orthotics, Orthaheel makes these inserts for ballet flats (and some for heels, which I think I need to start wearing pronto).

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