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Tuesday, 28 November 2023 00:00

High Heels Can Be Problematic for Women

In the realm of women's fashion, high heels often take center stage. However, this type of shoe can lead to a number of potential foot, toe, and ankle problems. For instance, the classic pump can be a double-edged sword for fashion enthusiasts. The rigid material and elevated height may contribute to the development of a painful knot on the back of the heel, commonly referred to as a pump bump. This not only causes discomfort but can also lead to blisters, swelling, bursitis, and persistent Achilles tendon pain. Ultra-high heels force the feet into a position that places excessive stress on the ball of the foot. This heightened pressure can result in inflammation of the metatarsal and sesamoid bones, as well as the toe bones, potentially leading to hairline fractures. Many high heel shoes have a narrow toe box that can lead to toe problems, like bunions and hammertoe. The risk of ankle sprains is common for those wearing high heels, as the concentration of weight on a small area increases the chances of wobbling and tripping. Prioritizing both style and foot health is not only a wise choice but a necessary one. If you have incurred a foot problem or injury caused by frequently wearing high heels, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide appropriate treatment.

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 Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. 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 Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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