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Foot Deformities and High Heels

Tuesday, 07 November 2023 00:00

High heels, while often a stylish footwear choice, can lead to foot problems for many women. Regularly wearing these types of shoes can result in the feet becoming flatter, causing the big toe to deviate abnormally, either inwards or outwards. This is not just limited to the big toe, as the little toe can also be affected, tending to bend inwards. The altered posture and pressure points created by the elevated heel height can lead to various deformities. For women who frequently choose to wear high heels, it is essential to recognize the potential long-term effect on their foot health. If you enjoy wearing high heels, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer guidance on how to wear heels in a way that minimizes harm. They can also suggest alternative fashionable footwear options that provide a better balance between fashion and foot health. Taking these precautions may help to prevent long-term foot issues.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Scott Shrem from Garden State Foot & 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 Hazlet, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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