While high heels have been a major staple in fashion, it seems like with their presence in causing injury, more accommodating shoes are gaining popularity. From the new Adidas and Kanye West “Yeezy” collection to cute orthopaedic flats, high heels are taking a back seat to comfort. This may be happening due to the damage the shoes are causing to the feet. If worn for long periods of time, high heels can put stress on your back and the arches of your feet.
High heels have a history for causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, consult with one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.
Effects of High Heels on the Feet
High heels are popular shoes among women because their style and societal appeal. Despite this, they can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.
What parts 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. Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.
What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?
- 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 offices located in the Tampa Bay area. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.