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The Toll High Heels Take on Feet

The allure of high heels is undeniable, offering a boost of confidence and a stylish edge to an outfit. However, the fashionable appeal comes at a cost, as prolonged wear of high heels can lead to a myriad of foot problems. One of the most common issues is the alteration of the foot's natural alignment, placing excessive pressure on the ball of the foot and toes. This imbalance can contribute to the development of painful conditions such as bunions and hammertoes. The elevated position of the heel can strain the Achilles tendon, leading to discomfort and increasing the risk of injuries. Continuous wear may also cause the calf muscles to tighten, affecting overall foot flexibility. Furthermore, high heels can contribute to the development of calluses, corns, and even stress fractures. While high heels undoubtedly add flair to an ensemble, it is essential to be mindful of the potential consequences and prioritize foot health to avoid long-term complications. If you are dealing wit foot problems caused from frequently wearing high heels, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Ronald Pieroni, DPM from Bolingbrook Foot and Ankle Center. 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 Bolingbrook, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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