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Is Wearing High Heels Bad for the Feet?

Wearing high heels can make you feel more attractive, but there is often a price to pay for this fashion. High heels can cause a host of foot problems that result in pain. Wearing them too often or for too long can cause other foot problems, such as hammertoes, bunions, or neuromas. Additionally, wearing high heels can put stress on the back, hips, and legs which can affect posture, gait, and balance. High heels place feet in an extended downward position and increase pressure on the forefoot. The rest of the body is thrown off and must compensate for the change in balance. Wearing high heels interferes with the ability to push off the ground with the toes efficiently. The rest of the body must work harder to propel the body forward. The higher the heel, the worse things can get. Trying to walk on uneven surfaces or with elevations and declines can be hazardous and increase the risk of injury. It is best for your health to wear lower-heeled shoes. Occasional high heel use is acceptable with frequent time off the feet and stretching and relaxing the feet while wearing. See a podiatrist to learn more about wearing high heels and getting help for the problems high heels may create is suggested.

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 Nola Sole Podiatry. 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 office located in New Orleans, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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