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Possible Foot Problems From Wearing High Heels

High heels, while fashionable, can lead to various foot problems due to their design and the way they alter the natural mechanics of walking. One common issue is the development of bunions, where the pressure and narrow toe box of high heels force the big toe to bend outward, causing a painful bony bump to form. Additionally, wearing high heels regularly can shorten the Achilles tendon and calf muscles, leading to stiffness and discomfort when walking in flat shoes. High heels also increase pressure on the ball of the foot, potentially causing metatarsalgia, a painful condition characterized by inflammation and discomfort in the ball of the foot. Furthermore, the instability caused by high heels can contribute to ankle sprains and instability over time. To mitigate these issues, it is important to limit high heel wear, opt for lower, wider heels when possible, and incorporate foot-strengthening exercises into your routine to counteract the negative effects of high heels on foot health. If you wear high heels and have developed specific foot conditions, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can effectively treat any foot ailment that has arisen, and offer other footwear choices.

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 doctors from Favor Foot Ankle Leg & Wound Center. 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 South Amboy and Edison, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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