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Is Wearing High Heels Good For Your Feet?

Monday, 22 July 2019 00:00

Wearing high heels is often a part of a fashion statement. Many women enjoy wearing this type of shoe for the way the legs look when the heel is elevated, but it may come with a price to pay. Research has indicated that wearing high heels may cause tripping to occur, and the result could be an ankle sprain. This may be due to shortened calf muscles, and the ankles may become weak as they are attempting to balance in the shoes. A common foot condition that can possibly occur if high heels are frequently worn can be the formation of a bunion. This consists of a bony protrusion that develops on the side of the big toe that may come from the toes having inadequate room to move freely in. If the desire to wear this type of shoe is strong, it may be beneficial to wear a heel that is slightly lower and can offer proper support. If you would like additional information about how high heels can affect your feet, 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 one of our podiatrists from Hill Country Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, P.A.. 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 offices located in Marble Falls and Fredericksburg, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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