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The Hidden Risks of Wearing High Heels

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

High heels can have a detrimental effect on your feet, extending beyond mere discomfort. The forward weight shift caused by any heel height can lead to various issues, including hip, back, and knee pain. The pressure exerted on the toes can result in conditions such as bunions and ingrown toenails, while tendinitis may develop over time, especially as one ages. Switching to flats as one ages may not offer relief either. This shift can cause its own set of problems since tendons tighten from high heel wear. Additionally, one can suffer from Morton’s neuroma, and the fat pad beneath the feet tends to thin out with age, leading to metatarsalgia. Moreover, the unstable nature of high heels increases the risk of twisting an ankle. If you wear high heels and either want to continue to do so, or you have sustained foot problems as a result of wearing them, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. This type of doctor can offer you treatment options and guide you in choosing alternative shoes that can improve foot health.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Thomas Madden from Advanced Foot Care Center. Our doctor 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 Killeen, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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