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Frequent High Heel Use May Cause Foot Conditions

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

People who frequently wear high heels may not realize the dangers that coincide, beginning with an increase in tripping hazards. Additionally, high heels may significantly contribute to incurring a foot or ankle injury, and circulation may be negatively affected, too. Some of the foot conditions that can gradually develop from wearing high heels include Achilles tendonitis, bunions, hammertoes, blisters, corns, and calluses. The body’s weight can be affected by leaning forward as a result of the shape of the shoe and this can cause the weight to shift to the balls of the feet. Some measures can be implemented that can provide comfort while wearing high heels. These can include choosing a lower heel, wearing them less often during the week, and stretching the feet and ankles as often as possible. Podiatrists can answer any questions you may have regarding how high heels can affect the feet, and it is suggested that you consult with this type of doctor if you would like more information.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Naim G. Shaheed, DPM from Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia. 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 one of our offices located in Lithonia/Stonecrest and Emory/Midtown, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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