Stepping barefoot on scorching-hot sand or gravel is a great reminder of how valuable your shoes can be. But if you don’t have a good fit, they can be worse than sunbaked asphalt for your tootsies: “Ill-fitting shoes put the feet in unhealthy positions, which can lead to an injury,” says Christina Long, DO, a podiatrist at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.
Unfortunately, most people aren’t, ahem, well heeled. One survey reveals that nearly 90% of women wear shoes that are too tight. How can you tell if you have the wrong pair? Take notice of the following five red flags.