Handmade jewelry, glass, and knitwear are yours for the gifting at the North Tahoe Arts Center’s Holiday Arts & Crafts Gift Fair in Tahoe City! The free event starts at 11 AM on Monday, November 17. With all the hemming and hawing and spending and saving that takes place during the holiday season, your budget might be tight. Just make sure your shoes aren’t! Foot conditions caused by tight shoes are plentiful!
Squeezing your feet into shoes can cause a host of problems. For starters, you might end up with a painful blister. These are usually caused by the shoe rubbing against the foot for a short and intense period of time. If you just bought a new pair of tight shoes and wore them for the entire day, a fluid-filled bubble might show up on the back of your heel. You can also get blisters from running a long race like a marathon or half-marathon.
Different from blisters, corns show up between or on the top of the toes as a result of prolonged rubbing in the area. They’re often more centralized than a callus, and appear circular, clear, dry, and waxy.
More issues from wearing tight shoes include deformities like bunions and hammertoes. Bunions are the enlargement of the bone at the base of the big toe. As the deformity becomes worse, your big toe starts to bend toward you smaller toes. High heels and pointy-toed shoes are large contributors to this problem. Hammertoes are another structural deformity in your toes that are caused by tight shoes. Your digits may stay permanently bent, resembling a hammer, if they’re constantly scrunched up because your shoes are too snug.
Just when you thought your nails were safe, they’re not! If you cut your toenails too short, any pressure on the nail, including a tight shoe, might put too much pressure on the area and create and ingrown toenail. You can also get black toenails from repetitive injury to the nail as it hits the front of your shoe when you run.
What’s the antidote for all these conditions caused by tight shoes? A wide toe box, a lower heel, and a visit to Sierra Foot & Ankle in Gardnerville, NV. Call our office to make an appointment at (775) 783-8037. We’re also on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!