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Why Are High Heels Worn?

Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

Many women enjoy wearing high heels for a variety of reasons. They may like the extra height these types of shoes may offer, in addition to possibly enhancing the shape of the leg. Research has indicated there are painful foot conditions that may develop as a result of wearing high heels. These can include blisters that form on the heel, or bunions that gradually develop when shoes are too tight. Additionally, instability may cause falling to occur, which may result in a sprained ankle. Some patients notice uncomfortable heel pain that is often linked with plantar fasciitis or heel spurs. If you wear high heels frequently, it is beneficial to alternate with a shoe that has a lower heel. Please consult with a podiatrist if you would like additional information about how high heels affect the feet.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM from New York. 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 Hicksville, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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