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Foot Problems Caused by High Heels

Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00

Wearing high heels may elevate your style, but they can also lead to a wide range of foot problems. These fashionable footwear choices, with their high heels and narrow toe boxes, can contribute to pain, discomfort, and potential health issues. One common problem is metatarsalgia, characterized by pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot due to increased pressure. In addition, high heels alter your posture, causing an increased load on the forefoot and reducing shock absorption. Another concern is the development of bunions. These painful, bony bumps can form at the base of the big toe as a result of the prolonged pressure and unnatural positioning of the foot in high heels. High heels also can lead to Achilles tendon issues, as the raising of the heel can cause the tendon to tighten and potentially result in tendonitis. To mitigate these problems, experts suggest limiting the amount of time high heels are worn as well as their height. Opt instead for shoes with lower heel heights, wide toe boxes, and cushioning insoles. If foot pain persists, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for personalized advice and treatment options if needed.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Abeer M. Foteh, DPM from Greater Houston Foot Centers. 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 Baytown, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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