It’s the holiday season and for many patients, that means dressing up to make appearances at numerous home and office parties. What will you wear on your feet in the coming weeks? If you’re thinking about taking that pair of high-heeled pumps out of your closet, think twice.
High-heeled shoes have been an integral component of fashion footwear more than 400 years. Although originally intended for men, over the centuries they have become almost exclusively part of the feminine wardrobe. One study reports that in 2017, 72% of women own high heels. 31% wear them to work daily and 50-77% choose them for parties and special occasions.
Those stilettos may look nice, but they’re not very nice to feet, ankles, and lower legs. Dr. Jason Grossman often sees patients with podiatric issues related to high-heeled shoes:
- High heels cause increased stress along the sole of the foot and can contribute to heel pain.
- High-heeled shoes often come with narrow toe boxes, which squeeze the toes together, leading to hammertoes and neuromas.
- Long-time high heel aficionados often suffer from bunions, bony bumps that form at the base of the big toe and Haglund’s deformity, a bony enlargement on the back of the heel that often leads to painful bursitis.
- The unnatural pressure that high heeled shoes put on the feet can lead to corns and calluses, painful accumulations of dead skin cells.
- High heels decrease your base of support, diminishing balance and putting you at increased risk for falls and foot and ankle injuries.
If you’re not yet ready to give up your heels:
- Choose shoes with heels that are 3 inches or less.
- To distribute weight more evenly, choose a newer, modern-looking pair of shoes with a rounded front and a chunky heel over a pointy pair with a spiked heel.
- Look for a new pair of shoes with softer soles or built-in cushioning to reduce impact and stress on your muscles and joints.
- Wear different shoes sometimes to change the stress points on your feet. Remember to mix it up!
Have high-heeled shoes caused you to experience discomfort or any other problem in your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Call Advanced Feet and Ankle Care at (732) 679-4330 or click here today to schedule an appointment with Jason Grossman, DPM. Whether you choose our comfortable and convenient Old Bridge or Sayreville office, you can rest assured that you will receive the same thorough examination, accurate diagnosis, state of the art treatment and comprehensive follow up.