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Q&A with Virginia Davis, PT, MA

Owner, Perfect Fit Shoes & Physical Therapist, Crescent City Physical Therapy

Cheryl Gerber Photographs

As a physical therapist, how did you come to own a comfort shoe store? Having treated patients with foot and ankle problems for years, I knew that there were shoes out there that were both comfortable and fashionable; I wanted to bring them here.

Can comfort shoes really be stylish? Yes, style doesn’t have to be painful.

Can you tell us a trade secret? Think about the surface area of your foot and about how much weight it has to support. If you reduce that area to the space 1/2-inch under your heel and add 5 inches in height, think about how much harder it makes it for your feet to support your body.

So we shouldn’t ever wear high heels? Yes, but to dinner, not for a long walk!

How high is a “safe” heel? “Safe” is about 1 inch, but it depends on your body mechanics; at 3 inches, make them your “two hour” shoes

Is it true you need to wear-in shoes in to make them comfortable? No; shoes should feel comfortable from the moment you put them.
Are all your shoes comfort shoes? Yes, but not every shoe style will fit every foot. You have to try them on.

Are flip-flops bad? Not necessarily, but try to find a flip-flop with a foot bed.

Can you tell us another trade secret? Over time you lose the fat pads in your feet. “Anti-aging,” well fitting footwear really helps.

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