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Monday, 24 April 2017 18:32

High Heels: Pain in the Foot

Bone spurs, heel pain, bunions, broken ankles, ankles sprains, arthritis. What do all of these conditions and injuries have in common? They can all be caused by wearing high heels. While most seasoned high heel wearers have pretty much mastered the art of not falling down, none are truly immune to the damage they do to the body, particularly the feet and ankles. Strengthening your feet is one way to help mitigate some of the long term effects of wearing high heels, though, no amount of foot exercises will prevent the pain from all-day everyday wear. Bunions are another one of the side effects of long term high heel use. Make sure to monitor this, and see a podiatrist if it gets to uncomfortable. Also, the higher the heel, the worse they are for your feet. If you can manage to keep the heel length under 2 inches, your body will thank you later.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which parts of my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Millburn, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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