Stay Away From Platform Sandals: MD Podiatrist

’90s-era platform sandals are back — and foot doctors are horrified. Last week, Steve Madden reintroduced his iconic foam platform sandals as part of a capsule collection for Urban Outfitters. On Monday, model Suki Waterhouse posted a photo of herself wearing a similar 4-inch-high pair from Simon Miller.



“Definitely stay away from this one,” Dr. Daniel D. Michaels, a podiatrist from the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC of the throwback trend. He says that platform sandals’ rigid soles can throw off your gait and stability — leaving you prone to tweaked ankles or worse. That’s opposed to shoes with more flexible soles, like sneakers. Those allow you to shift your weight from your heel to the ball of your foot as you walk. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you can bend a shoe slightly with your hands, He says.

The Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC Team

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