Posts for tag: High Heels

2016 is here and hopefully the year started out well for everyone and will be a successful one for all. Now for some people the year started out with a bad headache, most likely you know what caused it. However, for some people the New Year may have started out with foot pain and you may be wondering why. The answer to that may have something to do with the shoes you wore the night before. Common party foot wear often leads to short term pain the next day. Many feel it’s a small price to pay for style however, that short term pain can lead to long term damage down the road. Let’s take a look at some common party foot wear and the potential problems they could cause. Any shoe that comes to a point in the toe area, whether it’s high heeled or not, will squish your toes together causing much pain and discomfort. Do this too often and it could lead to hammertoe deformities and bunions.

Pumps are often thought of as being a stylish yet sensible shoe. They have a wide toe area, are low heeled, and usually wide fitting. The one problem with pumps is that they commonly made of leather and often lead to chafing in the heel. Over time the chafing will cause a Haglund’s Deformity also known as pump bump. If you do want to wear these shoes but avoid getting pump bump you can try putting some padding in the heal area of your shoe such as a thin piece of felt cut into the shape of your heel. Platform shoes come in various styles, from high heels with thick soles to flat forms where you are basically walking on a flat platform. Many claim to feel more secure in these shoes but they have the tendency to force wearers to develop a type of stomping walk. This will cause unneeded pressure on the joints of the feet leading to sore feet, arch pain, and calluses.

Stilettos are very popular party shoes that are very dangerous for the wearer’s feet and ankles. Stilettos are high heeled shoes that can have a heel of four inches or more. This causes the wearer to basically walk around on their tip toes which will make them very unstable and can lead to them tripping or spraining their ankle. These are some of the more common shoes worn at parties or other social gatherings as well as common problems associated with them.

We here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care wish you a happy New Year and hope that it has started out great for you and will bring you much success throughout the year. If you think you are suffering from foot pain caused by you foot wear or would like more information about foot wear and foot pain, please make an appointment with one of our podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ.

By Nrupa Shah

During her first pregnancy, Kim Kardashian was always spotted wearing high heel designer shoes even when her feet swelled up to double their normal size. Even though Kim may have looked great in those designer shoes, it doesn’t mean she felt great especially trying to squeeze swollen feet into narrow shoes. It appears that Kim has learned though because now that she is pregnant with her second child, Kim has been spotted going for a stroll in slippers instead of high heeled shoes. Even though Kim still feels uncomfortable and is getting some swelling she says things are going better for her this time around than it did during her first pregnancy.

Swelling of the feet and ankles is something that often affects women when they are pregnant. There are many causes that contribute to foot and ankle swelling during pregnancy but one of the biggest contributing factors is that the body will retain more fluid during pregnancy. Also, as the uterus grows, it will put pressure on the veins that return blood to the heart from the legs and if the blood can’t go back to the heart it will pool around the feet and ankles leading to swelling. If you are suffering from swelling in your feet and ankles during pregnancy, there are some simple things you can do to help reduce some of that swelling.

Try to avoid being on your feet for long periods of time. Whenever you get the chance, try to sit or lay down with your feet elevated as this will help to return blood/fluid that has pooled in your feet and ankles back to the circulation. When you sleep at night, try to sleep on your left side. The reason for this is that when you sleep on your left side, it takes pressure off a large vein that return blood from your legs back to your heart and this can also help to reduce swelling especially if you keep your legs elevated. Swelling occurs because fluid leaks from the blood vessels into the surrounding tissues. You can reverse this by increasing the pressure in the tissues by wearing compression stockings. This will act to push the fluid back into the blood vessels and return it to the circulation. Low impact physical activity such as walking or swimming in a pool can help to relieve swelling. The pressure from the water seems to compress tissues in the leg and provide temporary relief from swelling. Also, the cool water may be soothing to the swollen areas.

Foot and ankle swelling is very common during pregnancy and usually goes away after pregnancy. We here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe, NJ wish Kim Kardashian a healthy and successful pregnancy. If you think you are suffering from swollen feet or ankles during pregnancy or would like more information about foot and ankle swelling please make an appointment with one of our podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ.

By Nrupa Shah

By Nrupa Shah
May 13, 2015
Category: Ankle Sprain

Prior to musicians performing a concert they must go through hours of practice making sure everything from the sound to the lights is perfect. Along with practicing, however, comes the chance of injuring themselves. Britney Spears unfortunately had that happen to her. She apparently jumped up and landed wrong on her foot and it twisted, potentially spraining or fracturing her ankle. This has caused her to cancel some of her ‘Piece of Me’ concert dates.

It’s not surprising that performers sprain their ankles and I’m not sure why it doesn’t happen more often. Reason being, most of them—women being more common—wear high heels. If you have read any of our past blogs it’s evident that we don’t condone wearing high heels because it increases the chance of foot and ankle injury. Now dancing and spinning on stage while in high heels is a whole other ball game and we at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located  in Monroe and Edison, NJ surely don’t tell our patients to do that either. Britney was said to have finished her practice session after injuring her foot which means she probably did not break any bones. This means she will have to be off her foot for at least a week while icing and elevating it and allowing the swelling to subside. The last thing she wants to do is continue twisting on it and potentially tearing some major ligaments or even fracturing part of her foot.

Performers put in a lot more effort than we all think in order to put on the best show possible. A lot of work goes into lighting, sound, and especially the choreography and that is obviously what causes the most damage. It is the repetitive jumping and twisting they do whilst in high heels. If there is any advice I can give to any women out there it would be: do not wear high heels, especially while dancing! We hope Britney has a speedy recovery and gets back on stage as soon as possible.

By Nrupa Shah

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

By Nrupa Shah
December 17, 2014

Pregnant women endure a lot more hardship than men can probably imagine. The birthing process alone (from induction to final birth) tops any pain a male feels at any given time. But we also have to think about the nine months leading up to that. What kind of pain do women experience then? Do they experience pain? In actuality, they experience lots of pain mainly in the joints—feet, knees, hips, and back are the most common areas. But if we’re able to treat the feet and educate patients on proper footwear during pregnancy, the other painful joints have the potential to be pain-free as well. 37 year-old Grammy award singer, Shakira, was caught wearing high-heels at a proposed 8 months pregnant. This is not something your podiatrists at Affiliate Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ would condone by any means. Wearing the proper footwear during pregnancy is crucial to pain-free joints.

 Usually pregnant patients complain of a painful arch because the joints in their feet tend to compress and pronate causing their arches to collapse and that’s where the term “flat feet” comes in to context. If shoes alone do not fix the problem, patients can be casted for custom foot orthotics. These orthotics will bring the arch back to its original position which will in turn cause the lower leg to align itself properly with the remaining joints all doing the same as well.

Moral of this story—do not wear high heels when you’re pregnant. Women’s feet are already at a higher risk for pain and deformity when they’re pregnant and wearing high heels only increases that risk. Again, if you were told to buy new shoes give them a try for at least a month before deciding they work or not. Lastly, if shoes alone don’t work please do not hesitate to give our office a call so we can properly assess your pain and foot function and get you in the proper orthotics to get you walking pain-free again.

 By Nrupa Shah