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Study Shows Dangers of Wearing High Heels

In a world where fashion often takes precedence over comfort, it is essential for women to be mindful of the long term consequences of their shoe choices. A recent study sheds light on the connection between footwear, specifically high-heels, pumps, and sandals, and the prevalence of foot and ankle pain in women. It revealed a significant association between hind foot pain in women and their past choices of shoes, particularly high-heels and pumps. Nearly 64 percent of women who reported hind foot pain had a history of regularly wearing these types of shoes at some point in their lives. The shoe types were categorized into three groups. Poor shoes were identified as high-heels, pumps, sandals, and slippers. Average shoes included hard or rubber soled shoes and work boots, and good shoes were identified as athletic and casual sneakers. Notably, more than 60 percent of women admitted to wearing shoes in the poor group, compared with two percent of men. The study's findings suggest that past shoe wear, especially choices such as high-heels, may play a significant role in generating foot and ankle pain among women. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort after wearing high heels, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnose and treatment plan.

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 Michigan Foot & Ankle 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 one of our offices located in Livonia, and Southfield, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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