While we treat many foot and ankle injuries, we also see many patients who come in for overuse issues and problems caused by ill-fitting footwear. Yes, that last one is about you, fashionable ladies who wear high heels! Of course, we understand that fashion might be important to you, but as foot doctors, we stick to the motto of FUNCTION over FASHION.
How do high heels hurt the feet?
● Posture: The higher the heel, the more your body must counteract that forward imbalance. The ankles, knees, and hip joints are all out of alignment and can cause all sorts of pain, especially in the lower back.
● Shifted weight: Now that it’s mostly the balls of your feet carrying your entire body weight, the forefoot can endure many issues. The immense pressures from long periods of time wearing and walking in them can cause problems like metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuroma, bunion aggravation, hammertoes, and even small foot fractures.
● Tight toe boxes: In order to make sure that the feet stay on the feet, the front part of the shoes must be tighter than it usually is on other shoes. This can cause skin irritation issues like corns and calluses. Additionally, if the pressure is high on the top and front of the shoes, it can lead to ingrown toenails.
● Overuse and strain: Wearing high heels can cause a strain to all the lower parts of the body. This includes the Achilles tendon, which connects the calves to the heel bone, and the plantar fascia, which connects the heel bone to the toes. Both these bands of tissue need to work overtime to stabilize you in high heels, leading to inflammation issues called Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Your HIGH HEELS can directly cause HEEL pain.
● Twisted ankles: Even the most experienced and gracious models are subject to the occasional trip and fall. Uneven surfaces or if your muscles are tired can lead you to twist or even badly sprain your ankle. Sorry, you definitely won’t be able to walk in heels while you heal.
Now, this doesn’t mean you should throw all your high heels away. Instead, we suggest that you find shoes with smaller heels. If you must wear very high heels, try to bring other, more comfortable shoes so you can change out of high heels as soon as you can. Also, try to take rests instead of standing or walking the whole time.
Have foot pain from long-term wear of high heels? Make an appointment with us at The Podiatry Group in Jonesboro, Arizona. Our dedicated team of podiatrists can perform a thorough assessment and help your feet and ankles heal. Call our podiatry office at (800)737-3668 today!