Many foot specialists recommend that women seek out flexible yet supportive custom orthotics. A properly fitted orthotic will help prevent or reduce foot problems. It may also provide back or joint pain relief and the reduction of joint friction and long-term damage. Ideally, the orthotics should support the longitudinal and anterior transverse arches of the foot, provide adequate padding and support, and reduce excessive heel movement. In addition to a custom insole, experts recommend ensuring that you are wearing properly fitted shoes. High heels increase the likelihood of improper weight distribution and excessive pressure in localized areas of the foot. Next time you think twice about wearing tennis shoes to work, think about these legs and remember that you can look just as good in sneakers no matter what you are doing. When you are standing in the high heels, yes, your posture is improved – because if you did not stand tall then you would fall forward. By tilting the back heels up, our upper body instinctively leans back to prevent imminent toppling over. Urinary track infections can also be related to wearing High Heels. But dont’t take my word for it - click here to read an interesting article that references Larrian Gillespie, M.D. ANKLE SPRAINS. When a shoe such as a sandal or flip flop has no type of back to it, (the back of the shoe is referred to as the shoe "counter") there is an increased propensity for ankle sprains when walking on uneven terrain. LOW BACK PAIN. As mentioned with knee pain, internal rotation of the femur also affects the aligment of the low back( sacro -illiac joint). In other words, pronation of the foot leads to internal rotation of the femur which causes abnormal alignment of sacral illiac joint thus leading to low back pain. Corns and calluses can be prevented or will often go away when you eliminate the rubbing and friction that causing them. Use of padding to prevent the pressure and use of plasters to prevent friction is the best way to treat a corn. Medicated corn plasters containing salicylic acid can soften and break down the hard skin and are helpful with corns on the sole of the foot. Having a professional treating your callus and corns should be your first course of action. Find a board certified Podiatrist who specializes in techniques of not only removing the calluses and corns, but also has suggestions to give you long term relieve. How do you like my fancy bunion (an enlargement of the big toe joint)? I have them on both feet. The first time I ever went to a sport’s medicine doctor when I had just started running, he asked if the bunions caused me problems. He said they are an issue for lots of runners. What does one do to prevent it from getting worse and causing pain? How about you? What feet issues do you have? Ever lost a toenail? Yes, I’ve lost a few in my day. I collect them and make necklaces that I will hand down to my children.