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In our last post, we spoke about when you should replace the shoes that you wear so that they will not cause harm to your feet. Now, we’d like to talk about a particular type of shoes (high heels) and how they can affect your foot health.

Whether it’s for work, going out to dinner, dancing, or special events, women have specific foot issues that can be aggravated by or attributed to wearing high heels on an almost-daily basis. The higher the heel of the shoes, the more pressure is placed on the forefoot. The midfoot, balls of the feet, and toes have to endure more strain, leading to more problems such as metatarsalgia, hammertoes, Morton’s neuroma, and/or bunions. Additionally, the tendons and ligaments along the foot and ankles must work harder to keep you stabilized throughout the day.

What’s worse, the high heels make your feet and ankles act like they are walking downhill all day. This means more strain (and therefore, pain) on the calves, knees, and back, throwing your alignment out of whack. So if you have been having back, neck, or shoulder pain, it may be caused by your shoes!

So then, what are my options?

  • If you feel that you have to wear high heels, try to find ways to get out of them periodically. You can take them off while you’re sitting at your desk, while driving, and while commuting. It will help reduce the risk of repetitive stress on the feet, such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis.
  • Also, as often as you can, stretch your feet and toes to release from their cramped environment. Doing a deep calf stretch, including pulling the toes back will be beneficial for your entire foot.
  • When you purchase high-heeled shoes, do your best to try them on and walk around in them for a bit to see if they feel comfortable. We would advise against assuming that shoes will break in. Pointy-toe shoes can squeeze your toes into uncomfortable positions, adding force to the big toe joint and directly onto the toes. Look for a wider toe box and a shoe that follows the natural curves of your feet. A thicker/chunkier heel will help with stabilization and balance, as will a good fit. Don’t buy shoes that are a little bit big or small – it has to fit well to reduce the risk of foot pain.
  • If your high heels seem comfortable but could use a bit of support, orthotic inserts, such as for the arches or the balls of your feet, you may experience less strain on the feet.

Do you have foot pain from wearing high heels on a daily basis? Make an appointment by calling our office at (410) 721-4505 to consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry. He can assess your feet and, if necessary, help you create custom orthotics. Contact our podiatry team at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD areas.

By Brad Toll
September 24, 2015
Category: High Heels

Following ‘on the heels’ of last fall’s post regarding pumpkin spice and fall prevention in the autumn season, it seems only fitting that our next post should be about Posh Spice’s function meets fashion shoe line. It wasn’t too long ago when Victoria Beckham, now wife of uber soccer pro David Beckham, went by her internationally known name ‘Posh Spice’ in the infamous 90’s group Spice Girls.  Shedding her 90’s image for a more modern and mature look, Victoria is still expressing some of her previous grandeur with a new line of designer shoes. 

High-fashion shoes are notorious for the damage the cause to women’s feet, and are well attributed to the development of painful bunion, Morton’s neuromas, Achilles.  Yet, Posh must be feeling the pains of wearing the designer stilettos, as her new shoes ditch the narrow heels for a lower and platformed shoe.  This marks a stark divergence in the functionality of the shoe, and goes a significant length in maintaining the foot’s normal anatomy.

While higher-heels are always going to increase the risk of falls, sprains, and damage to your foot architecture, shoes that have a wider toe-box or that feature a firmer platform are certainly the preferable option.  For once – it seems a designer has woken up to this concept, and is willing to blend fashion with a greater sense of function.  If you’re looking for a new pair of dress shoes to enter the fall season, shoes like Beckham’s which feature a wider and more supportive base will go a long ways in maintaining your comfort and reducing long-term damage. 

Dr. Google doesn’t always have the right answer, and may only delay the correct diagnosis and intervention.  If you or a family member has any questions about foot pain, deformity, or proper shoe wear they should seek out a local expert to prevent treatment delay. If you’re in the Crofton, Annapolis or Bowie areas come see us at Crofton Podiatry for expert foot an ankle care.

By Brad Toll.

Despite her pregnancy last year, Kim Kardashian was frequently seen sporting high heeled stilettos; her child bearing ankles looking painfully swollen and vulnerable on the red carpet. From Jennifer Lawrence’s trip at this year’s Oscars to Emma Thompson’s high heel toss at the Golden Globes, celebrities are no longer showing the Sarah Jessica Parker level love for their high heels.  We at Crofton Podiatry located in Crofton, Maryland understand the pains involved with high heels, and want to keep you looking great without all the suffering.

While heels may be necessary at times, a prior visit with your podiatrist is essential to your comfort and foot health.  According to an American Podiatric Medical Association survey, 73% of women admitted to a shoe-related foot issue and 42% of women stated they'd wear a shoe even if it gave them discomfort.  Long-term heel use can shorten the Achilles tendon overtime, contributing to changes in toe joints and permanently altering the way we walk.  Because heels cause our feet to slide forward, ingrown nails, corns and calluses are also common as a result of the increased pressure.

Follow these tips to keep your feet pain free at upcoming events.

1.      Make sure you are wearing the right shoe size.  While it may be tempting to slip into that ‘on-clearance’ special, ill-fitting shoes cause discomfort and lasting problems.  Having your feet sized regularly by an expert is important, and buying the right fitting shoe is ALWAYS worth the cost.

2.      Find out your own personal foot type. Size is more than just length; width, arch height and first toe length also play a major role in finding the right shoe.  Your local podiatrist can help you understand your individual shoe needs as they change overtime.

3.      The thicker the heel the better. Our feet absorb high forces as we walk.  Thicker soles protect your joints and tissue by reducing the forces in each step.

4.      Stretch your feet and take periodic breaks. Your feet need breaks when wearing high heels. Sitting or simply stepping out of your shoes temporarily may help to relax any overly tight tissues. 

5.      Shoe inserts really can help. Shoe inserts can transform a commercially produced shoe into a custom fit, increasing comfort and function.  Seeing a podiatrist is the only way to guarantee you are getting the inserts right for your body.

By Brad Toll




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