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Being Sensible About Non-Sensible Shoes

High heels look great and can make legs look longer and more attractive. However, wearing them every day, year after year, can be painful and even damaging—causing problems such as weakened ankles, bunions, hammertoe, plantar fasciitis, and Morton’s neuroma. However, there are sensible steps you can take to lessen the impact high-heeled shoes have on your feet and overall health. These steps can include doing exercises that strengthen your arch and ankle muscles, limiting heel height to three inches, and alternating between flats and heels. To keep your feet healthy, consult with a podiatrist who may be able to offer additional tips, create custom orthotics for your shoes to provide adequate support and weight distribution, or even treat any issues that may have already begun to develop due to high heels.

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 New York Foot and Ankle. 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 Franklin Square, Bethpage, Bronx, and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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