Are Your Shoes Fitting Differently Than They Did Before the Pandemic? Here's Why That Might Be Happening
Health discusses potential foot problems in people who have adjusted routines during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as not wearing shoes at home, and includes guidance from Elizabeth A. Cody, MD, foot and ankle surgeon at HSS.
According to Dr. Cody, “A lot of people think walking barefoot shouldn't be a problem, but actually walking barefoot can exacerbate a number of foot problems.” Examples could include plantar fasciitis, foot arthritis, tendinitis, a collapsed arch, a bunion, or hammer toe.
Dr. Cody explained that upon aging, it's normal for foot ligaments to stretch out and tendons to degenerate based on the stress put on the feet.
“Generally, a shoe that feels comfortable, is supportive, and doesn't bend too easily tends to be the better type of shoe for a majority of people,” noted Dr. Cody on the type of shoe to wear at home.