People are being warned by doctors to stay away from these Steve Madden flatforms because of foot injuries
Platform foam sandals are the nostalgic shoe trend that doctors say put people at risk of foot injuries, reports New York Post.
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The three-inch foam and rubber sole platform sandals were a trend in the 90s and have been recently reintroduced by US designer Steve Madden in collaboration with Urban Outfitters.
The revived chic and chunky sandal now comes in different new colours like neon pink, silver, orange and lime green.
They are so popular that Footwear reported that they were flying off shelves within hours of release.
However, they have triggered warnings from a team of doctors from the American Podiatric Medical Association, represented by spokesperson and podiatrist Hillary Brenner.
Hillary says these kinds of shoes are terrible for your back, ankles and feet. “Definitely stay away from this one,” she said to New York Post.
Explaining the danger she said the platform sandals’ rigid soles can throw off your posture and could twist your ankles.
“Your foot is trying to bend a certain way, but the shoe is fighting you because it’s so rigid,” she clarified.
The concern is so real that she says, “nine times out of ten,” platform sandal-wearers consult her for ankle sprains.
Fox News reported that even if you don’t feel pain or land in hospital, there are still long term effects.
“You are not in proper alignment, so over time, that can add a lot of strain on your back,” Hillary cautioned.
She suggests women opt for flatter sandals that have a wide platform that is almost parallel with the ground but warns that the stiffness of the sole can still interfere with walking.
The podiatrist says you are safer if you can bend a shoe slightly with your hands, because that allows you to shift your weight while you walk.
"I obviously had a pair of platform sandals in the late 90s/early 2000s. I was wearing them when I broke my foot. I am not here for this trend," wrote one woman on Twitter user.
Some fashionistas were not so convinced by the foot doctors, claiming they wore the shoes back in the 90s without problems.
Other Twitter users said they are diving headfirst back into the 90s despite the warnings.
We used to wear them in the 70s. Never did my back or ankles any harm.— Vivienne Moss (@viviennemoss) April 24, 2019
i went out woth a 90's inspired gal, in her 100's, no back probz— jaeter (@jaeter1) April 24, 2019
In defense of Steve Madden, all of my Maddens are super comfortable, pliable and affordable. I’m also a woman of a particular age ?? Keep ‘em coming— just a girl ?? (@velvet_devil9) April 22, 2019
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