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Shopping for shoes?
Listen to your feet, says Dr. Hild:
- Pass up flimsy flats. Look for flats with built-in arches or enough room for insoles, especially if your arches are high or low.
- Keep shopping if any shoe feels tight around your toes, even a flat or athletic shoe.
- Save those cute flip-flops for the beach. They're not for daily wear.
- Flat feet? Look for supportive shoes or buy arch supports. "This can sometimes prevent further flattening," she says.
- Get an expert fit. A qualified shoe expert can measure and fit you with the right shoe (and size) for your foot.
- The kindest shoes: Walking shoes are a treat for the feet. They offer plenty of toe room plus great arch and ankle support.
- The cruelest shoes: Reserve pointy stilettos for special occasions.
"Heels shift your body forward and can lead to low back pain or arthritis," cautions Dr. Hild. "For height with better support, try wedges."