Move over, Manolo Blahniks. Pandemic’s most popular shoe was comfortable sneakers with flat soles. But now, as women march back into the office in high heels, podiatrists are seeing an increase in foot pain and injuries, according to a Bloomberg report.
A mainstay of the female office worker, high heels are practically the uniform for those working in business, or for those attending conferences and other professional events, as the article points out.
As one podiatrist explains, two-plus years of forgoing the fancier shoes has led to shin splints and plantar fasciitis, among other injuries. During the pandemic, lower activity levels and going barefoot led to weakness and tightness in muscles and tendons, another doctor explained.
“The body doesn̵7;t like any kind of abrupt change,” the former president of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association told Bloomberg. “When you’re forced to do something all at once, suddenly you go back to the office, and now you’re wearing these shoes you haven’t worn in two years, it’s really like asking for trouble.”