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By Varun Gujral
January 07, 2015
Category: High Heels

When you think of women wearing high heels you think of places like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Miami—places where self-image is a major influence relative to one’s character. This, however, is not the case. A study conducted by Gilt, an online discount fashion store, concluded that the “highest of heels” are found in none other than, Puerto Rico. This survey is flawed, however, in that it only takes into account Gilt customers only but it still gives a pretty good idea of what consumers are looking for and where they are looking for it.

Puerto Rico topped the survey with an average heel height of 2.87 inches. The states with the lowest heel height were Nebraska, Kansas, Maine, and Vermont (between 1.80-1.97 inches).  The importance of this study isn’t to narrow down where to find the highest heeled shoes. It’s important because high heels are a definitive cause of lateral ankle instability and ankle sprains among women and this survey points out that consumers will go to extreme heights to look fashionable—in other words, fashion trumps health. I would venture to guess that podiatrists in the aforementioned states with the highest heel heights recorded are pretty busy when it comes to treating those conditions. The most practical height for a heel is approximately 1.50 inches and those heels are termed “kitten heels” although your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ wouldn’t condone any of our patients to wear high heels unless they needed to for their job. To reiterate, they put patients at higher risk for ankle problems and can even cause hammertoes and bunions due to increase force and pressure in those particular areas.

Now we’re not saying do not ever wear high heel shoes. We just want you to be aware of the potential problems associated with wearing them. By-all-means, if you must wear them, then do so appropriately. Try and wear a heel that is no higher than 2.00 inches to try and minimize the forces put on the front of the foot. There isn’t any real evidence on this topic and that is why I think it is interesting to talk about. Likewise, because high heels are such a popular element of fashion in today’s society I think there needs to be more research conducted in this area.

From everyone at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care, we hope everyone has an excellent New Year and that it brings you all much success and happiness!

By Varun Gujral

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