High Heels Are Bad for Your Health

High heels, while often a fashionable choice, can lead to a variety of foot problems and discomfort. Prolonged wearing of high heels forces the feet into an unnatural position, which can cause deformities such as hammertoes and bunions. These shoes also increase the risk of developing neuromas, which are painful nerve growths often felt between the toes. Beyond the feet, high heels can place excessive stress on the back and lower extremities due to the altered distribution of body weight. This shift not only affects posture but also disrupts the natural gait and balance, leading to potential injuries and chronic pain in the legs and spine. To mitigate these issues, it is advisable to limit the time spent in high heels, choose shoes with a lower heel height and more supportive structure, and alternate with more comfortable footwear. Stretching exercises and proper foot care can also alleviate symptoms. If you have persistent pain or deformities from wearing high heels, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist for professional advice and treatment options.

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 Advanced Foot & Ankle Medical Center . 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 Thousand Oaks, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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