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If you’ve ever spoken to a foot doctor or podiatrist, you’ll be aware of the issues and dangers of wearing ill-fitted shoes. Although wearing shoes such as high heels to go out in is okay occasionally, constantly wearing shoes that put unnecessary stress upon your feet can cause problems, or make existing ones worse. If you notice any changes to the appearance or feel of your feet, you should visit your local chiropodists as soon as possible.

Here at Doncaster foot clinic, our HCPC registered podiatrists can help with the diagnosis and treatment of common foot problems. We can provide you with a consultation discussing your condition, and offer the best treatment plan to help you feel as good as new. Read our article below to see how wearing ill-fitted shoes can negatively affect you.


Bunions are hard, bony lumps that can form on the outside of your toe. It takes shape when excessive weight is pressed against the big toe, causing it to deviate inwards.  Although wearing tight shoes and pointed-toe heels don’t necessarily cause bunions, they can increase your risk of developing them. Bunions can cause a burning sensation and general pain. 

In order to try and ease the pain and discomfort caused by bunions, and to improve on foot care, try to wear flat, wide shoes to give your toes some relief from pressure. If you experience general foot pain you believe is being caused by your bunions, you should visit your local foot specialist as soon as possible. Podiatrists can assess your foot and suggest effective treatment methods to help ease the pain and help relieve unnecessary pressure.

Hammer Toe

Unlike bunions, hammer toes can be directly caused by ill-fitted shoes that easily slip off, such as pumps. When our shoes are loose, we tend to clench our toes in order to keep them on our feet. This pressure can lead to corns and calluses developing, and over time, the bones will form a claw-like shape which prevents the bones from straightening. 

Here at Doncaster foot clinic, our local chiropodists can remove any corns and calluses causing you pain, and can advise on the best footwear for your feet, in order to prevent hammer toes or to ease existing symptoms. Foot conditions such as hammer toes can be managed effectively if you visit your local podiatrist. You can view our list of services here.

Ingrown Toenails

One of the more common foot conditions, ingrown toenails can be caused or made worse by tight, small shoes. Pressure on the toes can cause the toenail to dig into the skin, which can lead to visible injury and possibly infection. If you believe your shoes are causing your toenails to grow inwards, consider swapping them for some in a bigger size.

Once you notice ingrown toenails, do not attempt to remove the nail yourself, as this can lead to infection. Instead, visit your local podiatrist, who can remove the small bit of nail that is causing you pain. If left alone, you may need surgery to remove the entire nail, so it’s best to seek out help. If you require the services and expertise of our podiatrists here at Doncaster foot clinic, please give us a call on 01302 342971.

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Problems Caused or Worsened by Wearing Ill-Fitted Shoes