Tuesday, 26 April 2022 00:00

Disadvantages of Wearing High Heels

Many women enjoy wearing high heels, despite the pain they may cause. This can be a result of how the foot lies in the shoe, which may gradually cause pain and discomfort. When high heels are frequently worn, muscle balance surrounding the ankle joint may be negatively affected. Additionally, the tendon that connects the muscle to the bone may become strained, and the Achilles tendon can become shorter. Patients who wear high heels for several years often experience pain in their calves when they wear flat shoes. Women who understand the potential problems that can develop from wearing this type of shoe may choose a shoe with a thicker heel. This can provide the balance that is needed to complete daily activities. Performing stretching exercises can help strengthen the feet and toes, as well as help reduce the risk of injury from wearing high heels. If you would like more information about what type of high heels are best for your feet, please ask a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have. 

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 Itasca Foot & 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 our office located in Itasca, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about Effect of High Heels on the Feet

Connect With Us