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Potential Consequences of Wearing High Heels

Monday, 15 June 2020 00:00

While high heels are often uncomfortable, they can also cause harmful foot problems for frequent wearers. To start, high heels can cause cosmetic issues, such as bunions or hammertoes. High heels can lead to tendonitis by straining the ankle and tendons as well. High heels also lead to overuse of the natural cushioning on the foot, causing it to diminish over time. Some ways to mitigate the effects of high heels include massaging and stretching the legs after use, alternating heel heights, and wearing heels in moderation. A podiatrist will be able to help diagnose and treat any issues that a person has endured due to high heels. For further information about preventing injuries while wearing high heels, please consult with a podiatrist.

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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