After recovering from an injury or foot condition, many patients transition into supportive shoes and often inserts within the shoes.  I have had patients ask (on more than one occasion) if they can every wear ___ shoes again.  Of course, realistically, we cannot always wear supportive shoes and orthotics every day at all times.  The key is really to minimize time in inappropriate shoes and ensuring that the shoes you choose fit the activity you are planning to do. For instance, wearing high heels for prolonged walking distances will probably not work out well for you. 

Similarly, even run of the mill ‘tennis’ shoes are not enough support for demanding activities such as basketball or walking.  Converse made their comeback years ago (or were they never really out of style?).  These shoes, if you look for a utube video of how they are made, are not designed for optimal support and shock absorption. They have a flat sole and do not have any rigid material to support the heel. If walking prolonged distances in converse, many people will find themselves having heel, arch and ankle pain because of the anatomical structures within having to work overtime.  Because of the thin top of the shoe, there isn’t much to keep the foot from turning under, especially if performing a high impact activity.

Impractical shoes will be worn from time to time. The key is to choose the most sensible of these impractical shoes, be prepared and aware of how much you will be on your feet in them and also be prepared to ice your feet down and give them some extra TLC after you’ve been out in them.  Also, if pain is so bad that you can barely walk – take a hint from your body and get off your feet as soon as you can.