This also was an issue when I bought the Nicole Brundage sandals. They both are beautiful shoes but I find them a hard fit. Not in the length, because that is rarely an issue, but just getting them on.
At first I actually thought it was me, and in a way, I guess it is. But obviously there isn't much I can do about it. But it is kind of frustrating after a while because I really really love mary janes and these strappy styles.
When I was writing about what I wore today I started wondering if this was an actual "condition". Granted, I don't think I have a major affliction or anything as I am not seriously impeded and I wear heels all the time and I don't have to wear any kind of orthotic. The major problem I have is metatarsal compression - the straps press into the top of my foot.
As the complete opposite of flat feet, folks with diagnosed pes cavus can end up having other problems as well.
Some things to know:
High foot arches are much less common than flat feet. However, they are more likely to be associated with an orthopedic or neurological conditions. Neuromuscular diseases that cause changes in muscle tone may lead to the development of high arches.
Unlike flat feet, highly arched feet tend to be painful because more stress is placed on the section of the foot between the ankle and the toes (metatarsals). This condition generally makes it difficult to fit shoes. In addition, those with high arches usually need foot support. A high arch may cause significant disability. (aack!)
- Shortened length of foot (would size 5 be an symptom?)
- Difficulty fitting shoes
- Foot pain associated with walking, standing, and running
I don't have a significant issue now but I also don't want to develop one in the future - if only because I would be very very sad if I couldn't wear heels anymore. I mean, that's a heck of an investment to not be able to utilize anymore.
Has anyone else experienced this challenge? Do you just avoid those styles or did you come up with other strategies as a work around. I've bought bigger sizes (as I did with the JCrew pair), or I had to have new straps sent for the Nicole Brundage pair, and I've even cut the elastic holding straps and then re-sewn them on.
I did find that New Balance sneakers were the best for running (as recommended at a dedicated running store), so that's something to keep in mind.
Also, if you're having any problems or pain, make sure to speak to your doctor. Problems can be diagnosed through exams and test:
X-rays of the feet
X-ray of the spine
MRI of the spine
Nerve conduction studies
Treatments may include:
Corrective shoes may help to relieve pain and can improve walking. This includes orthopedic modifications to the shoes, such as an arch insert and a support insole. Surgery to flatten the foot is sometimes necessary in severe cases. Any underlying neurological problems, if present, must be treated by appropriate specialists.
Safe and happy walking!