If you wear ill-fitting heels, says local podiatrist Dr. Saylee Tulpule, you could experience unstable gait, joint pain, bunions, hammertoes, corns, ankle sprains, ingrown toenails-even tumors of the nerve tissue. Tulpule says the problem is that often women choose what looks good over what feels good. The problems are exacerbated by purchasing heels that are more than two inches high or are too small or narrow through the toe box, which leads to a "compression of the forefoot" and all of the painful injuries already mentioned.
Dr. Tulpule says that for the most stability, women should look for a pump or dress shoe with a wide toe box, preferably round, and a one- or one-and-a-half-inch kitten or platform heel. If you opt for flats, make sure the shoe has some arch support and heel cushion. Remember, she adds, "There is no right or wrong shoe." As long as you make sure they fit properly and have a wide toe box and a small heel, you’ll surely be able to find killer shoes that fit your personality and style-and won’t ruin your feet.