Is Your Footwear Uncomfortable? These 10 Problems Can Happen Because of Tight Shoes

Foot problems are common and occur majorly due to incorrect size of shoes or due to improper fitting etc. These issues can result to several infection

Puru Bansal
Written by: Puru BansalUpdated at: Mar 18, 2021 14:24 IST
Is Your Footwear Uncomfortable? These 10 Problems Can Happen Because of Tight Shoes

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Dressing your best at occasions is definitely in everyone’s check list. However going through all those tough combination of dress and shoes is not easy. It becomes even more painful when the shoes or heels cramp your feet and your feel uncomfortable in your footwear. This feeling is not only painful but can also give rise to major foot problems.

Skin Problems due to Tight Footwear

Dermatologist Dr. K.Swaroop (MBBS, MD Lepo) shares his wise opinion on some common problems which can possibly arise due to wearing tight footwear. Footwear’s are made to make you feel comfortable not to crank your foot and cause diseases. Whenever you are taking any footwear make sure the soul is ‘S’ shaped so it does impact your heels and toes adversely. Also it is recommended not to wear shoes without proper socks and the material inside the footwear should be comfortable. 

Here is the list of problems which can happen if you have tight footwear-

Foot Pain

It is very common and obvious that if your shoes/heels are tight then it will cramp your foot and it will start paining. Your toes should not be folded inside the footwear and the width of your feet should comfortably fit in. 

Foot Pain

Foot Ulcers 

Tight footwear is also a leading cause of foot ulcer in people. The ones who have diabetes are at a high risk of this disease. Ulcers are basically open wounds or injuries which can constantly come in touch with the footwear and rub against it making it worse case scenario. However these ulcers can be prevented if you select right type of footwear.

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It is a condition which usually happens because of wearing high heel footwear. There could be soreness in other parts of your body because of this. Generally you can have lower back pain; hips and your leg pain sue to soreness. When you adjust your feet and posture due to tight fitting heels, your body alignment is disturbed which causes this problem.

Athlete Foot 

This is basically a fungus infection which is caused by moist environments. It is commonly affected near the area of your toes and bottom of your feet. Athlete foot can inflame the skin and cause scars, rash ad red base on your feet. Major symptoms of Athletic foot can include itching, peeling, and bad odour. Also change your shoes and socks regularly to avoid Athlete foot and keep your feet dry.

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This is caused by friction between the skin on the backside of the foot and inside your shoes. It is very common to have blisters if you wear tight heels or shoes which do not have soft fabric. Blisters cause soft pockets filled with fluid. To prevent Blisters it is best to wear comfortable shoes and socks inside for prevention. If you have one then you can simply put a bandage over the area it will get better. Let them naturally burst to avoid scar and pain.

foot Blisters


It is a bump which is created quite naturally when the big-toe is inclined towards other toes. It creates a bony structure which can later create many severe problems. Bunions can result from congenital deformities, arthritis, trauma, heredity or even by habitually wearing narrow toe shoes. It can worse the case if you wear heels and pointed shoes. Preventive measures for bunions are padded shoe inserts, and pain relievers.

Ingrown Toenails

These occur when the edge of toenails are grow into the skin of your toe. It can cause you severe pain and also cause infection. They commonly occur in big toe and can cause pain, swelling, and even infection. Footwear that tightly restricts your toes can cause this issue when the toe nail has no room to grow. Avoid this by keeping your nails short and buying the right size of footwear. 

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Corns and Calluses

Corns and Calluses

Corn and calluses form when the bone of your feet rubs against the shoe again and again. Corns can appear on the top of your toes and slightly on the side of them too. Calluses are formed on the bottom of the toe especially under the balls of the feet. They are basically dead skin which is hard and painful to walk. This is quite common when you play sports which include friction.

Toenail Fungus

They can be very painful and unattractive. Toenail fungus can even spread to other toes and present a deformed kind of toe appearance. Toenails are often damaged due to some or the other reason and at the joint between the toenail and the skin, the fungus forms. This can also occur after a pedicure, wrong-fitting shoes and hiking etc. 


This may sound weird but it is a common foot condition which involves inflammation in the balls of the feet. It can also cause pain at times. It can be achy, sharp or even give a burning sensation in the foot. This happens because of poor fitting shoes or when the footwear is worn out. Hence it is recommended to wear correct and comfortable footwear. 


Footwear is an integral part of our dressing and hence it is important to choose our footwear wisely. Not only should it look nice but should also comfort and support your feet. There are several problems which can be caused due to wearing improper footwear or wearing it incorrectly. Precaution need to be taken from these infections and problems to avoid further severity.

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