5 Foot Problems that Arise from Wearing High HeelsOct 12, 2022
Many different issues can result from wearing high heels for too long. These issues include the forming of bunions, which are growths caused by improper alignment of the toe joints. Hammertoes can also be caused by high heels, which are characterized as bent toes that are caused by friction. Constant pressure and friction on your toes can lead to other conditions such as tailor’s bunions, or small bunions formed near your pinkie toe, pump bumps or pain in the heels, and metatarsalgia or the inflammation of the balls of your feet.
Effects of High Heels on the Feet
High heels are popular shoes among women because their style and societal appeal. Despite this, they can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.
What parts my body will be affected by high heels?
- Ankle Joints
- Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
- Balls of the Feet
- Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
- Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain. Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.
What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Plantar Fasciitis
How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?
If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems. Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising. If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work. Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available.
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