By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
February 19, 2017
Category: Proper Footwear
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Although many women wear high heels to make them look taller, more stylish or professional, at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we know that heels contribute to several serious and potentially debilitating problems. High heels put your feet in an unnatural position. The downward sloping of the foot forces toes to be squeezed together and shortens your calf muscles. Some conditions that can result from too much time in high heels include:

  1. Falls. Shoes with high heels, especially narrow ones, make you unstable and more likely to twist an ankle or fracture a bone. If you have weak ankles, high heels provide no support to them and invite repeated sprains.
  2. Knee and back problems. High heels alter your normal standing and walking position and that means the rest of your lower body also has to move in an unnatural way to compensate. This results in strain to your knees and lower back which, if you spend enough time in heels, can become a chronic problem.
  3. Bunions and hammertoes. When your toes are squeezed together and forced up against the front of a shoe for long periods of time, the alignment of the bones can be altered and an existing structural defect can be aggravated. In the case of both bunions and hammertoes, the toes are forced out of their normal position into one that causes pain from footwear, walking and corns and calluses may form as a secondary issue.
  4. Ingrown toenails. That same forcing of the toes up against one another can create the perfect environment for a toenail to start to grow back into the skin surrounding the nail bed. Not only is this condition extremely painful, it can be the gateway for harmful bacteria to enter the body and cause an infection.

Try to limit heel height to two inches and choose shoes with a wide (rather than narrow) heel. If you must wear heels, try to keep your time in them to a minimum and consider keeping flats at your office to wear for at least part of the day or to wear in transit to an event where you plan to wear high heels.

If you are noticing any symptoms of the above problems, make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office by calling: 732-662-3050 to have your feet examined by one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah. Don’t sacrifice the health of your feet for fashion!