Shoes to Avoid

If you know you’ll be walking quite a bit during the day, don’t choose these shoes:

Flip-flops. They offer little or no support and cause foot problems and leg pain.

High heels. Heels can cause a variety of conditions, from corns and calluses to arthritis, knee pain, and back problems.

Ugg boots. Uggs and other popular sheepskin wool boots flatten the arch of the foot and make it drop, resulting in foot, ankle, and hip problems. They may be cute, but they are not for long distances.

Jina Kim, M.P.H., is wellness program coordinator for Adventist Risk Management in Silver Spring, Maryland. To learn more about making healthy choices, visit

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