Not only is walking in high heels difficult, but walking in stilettos is even worse. Why? Stilettos, by definition, are thin, high, tapering heels on a woman’s shoe. The keyword is tapering, meaning the tip gets smaller as you travel down the heel itself. Now, it’s not abnormal to see celebrities flaunting these types of shoes and it’s definitely not abnormal to see Kim Kardashian (West) wearing them. In fact, Kim is known to wear high-heeled sandals! A Few days back Kim was seen wearing stilettos—probably 6-7 inches high. As I’ve stated before, these shoes can cause havoc to those with history of lateral ankle sprains or in those patients who have yet to find out what one feels like. I assure you, you do not want to find out wearing these shoes.

 Lateral ankle sprains are among one of the commonest foot problems that your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ deal with throughout the practice. They seem to occur more often in women than men and I think a lot has to do with wearing of high heels. It’s also known that women tend to have more mobile joints than many again, owing to increase incidence of ankle sprains. Aside from ankle sprains, wearing high heels increases the chance of bunion formation, metatarsalgia—or generalized pain in the balls of your feet, and even hammer toes. Many of these disorders can be avoided or at least controlled by either limiting the wearing of high heels or decreasing the height of the heel. Obviously, if you just quit wearing high heels altogether that would be ideal. However, as foot and ankle surgeons we know that that’s not possible since high heels are part of a women’s wardrobe for work.

In summary, limiting the amount of time one wears high heels, wearing high heels with a shorter heel, or even cutting out high heels will drastically decrease your chances of suffering an ankle sprain, or forming hammertoes and bunions. We know it’s not the easiest thing to do but it’s definitely something we stress to our patients.

 By Varun Gujral