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Posts for tag: Heidi Klum

By Varun Gujral
July 23, 2014
Category: Women's Shoes

It’s no surprise to see supermodel Heidi Klum photographed in high heel shoes nor is it uncommon to see her photographed with her two daughters. It is, however, uncommon to see young children--let’s say ages 4 and 10--inch high heels. So, the question becomes: How young does a person have to be to start wearing high heels? I think it is safe to say that most podiatrists advise against wearing high heels because of the associated complications that are involved. Wearing high heels increases the chance of bunions, ankle sprains, hammertoes, and overall generalized pain of the foot and ankle. Aside from these foot problems, high heels are still one of the most popularly worn shoes so it is hard to deter patients away from them. Moreover, to see children of such a young age wear them raises an even bigger concern: Will it affect how the child grows? Podiatrists are not only concerned with how the foot grows, but also how the entire lower extremity grows as well (this includes the tibia and fibula [shin bones], femur [thigh bone], and the os coxae [pelvis bones]).

High heels cause your foot to be suspended in a plantarflexed position (toes pointed towards the ground) for the duration the person is in the shoe. This puts a lot of stress and strain on the thigh and shin bones. With regards to children, their growth plates don’t fuse until they are mid-to-late teenagers. That said, any disruption of the growth of the bone or fusion process could potentially cause abnormal development.

So, should children who are not skeletally mature wear high heels? It’s probably not the best idea and I think proper education is extremely important. If there is any question or concern as to whether or not you think or child should or shouldn’t wear high heels, please call your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ.

By Varun Gujral