The trend of ditching the high heels is increasing as many women have decided they no longer want to sacrifice their health in pursuit of a fashion statement. Even wearing heels on the job or for special occasions is becoming much less common as a shift to more comfortable clothes and footwear is occurring. This is an excellent development since so many feet and ankle problems are caused by wearing high heels.
Some of the many problems that come with wearing high heeled shoes regularly include:
- Ankle pain – and stiffness due to the decreased mobility.
- Skin conditions – development ofcorns, calluses, and blisters.
- Toe deformities – hammertoes and bunions are much more common.
- Morton’s neuroma – is a nerve condition caused by the increased pressure on the ball of the foot.
- Plantar fasciitis – heel and arch pain often develops.
- Achilles tendon problems – shortening and stiffening of the Achilles tendon comes with regular high heel use and this can cause pain when wearing flat shoes.
Since wearing high heels also places the knees in a bent position and alters the way you walk, gait mechanics is adversely affected causing problems with alignment of the spine and pain in the knees, hips, and back. Osteoarthritis also seems to affect women who wear high heels at an earlier age.
If you have problems with your feet and ankles that are caused by wearing high heels, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and care. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.