Many women have foot pain while wearing high heels, or soon after they are taken off. Falling episodes may be increased, and research has shown wearing this type of shoe can be a leading cause of foot problems among women. Hammertoe is a foot deformity that causes the second and third toes to bend at the middle joint and point downward. This can be a result of having inadequate room for the toes to move freely in. Many high-heeled shoes have pointed toes, providing less than ample room at the top of the shoe. A condition known as Morton’s neuroma can develop if the nerve between the third and fourth toes becomes compressed or irritated. It can also occur from the minimum room for the toes. Studies have shown the calf muscles may be affected when high heels are frequently worn, which may lead to chronic heel pain. If you would like more information about the possible dangers of wearing high heels, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.
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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?
- 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.