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High Heels and Foot Pain

Wearing high heels may make you feel taller and more beautiful, but they can also wreak havoc on your foot health. The elevated position of the foot in high heels puts tremendous pressure on the forefoot. This can lead to issues like bunions, hammertoes, corns, and calluses. Long-term wear of high heels can result in structural abnormalities and may even require surgical intervention. High heels can also strain the Achilles tendon, leading to Achilles tendonitis, and can cause inflammation of the plantar fascia, known as plantar fasciitis. Additionally, the altered posture from wearing high heels can contribute to knee and back pain, which may alter your posture, gait, and balance. Conditions like Haglund’s deformity, a bump on the back of the heel,  and Morton’s neuroma, which is metatarsal nerve pain, are also associated with prolonged high heel use. Despite the allure of high heels, it is important to prioritize foot health. To manage pain caused by wearing high heels, it is suggested that you consult a chiropodist for treatment options. 

High heels have been in style for centuries, but unfortunately, they have also been damaging feet for centuries. If you would like to learn more about how high heels can hurt your feet, please consult with Emily Yu, B.Sc from Uptown Foot Care Clinic. Our specialist can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

High heels can cause a variety of problems, including:

  • Foot and ankle pain

  • Foot and ankle injuries

  • Toe pain and deformities 

  • Gait abnormalities

  • Achilles tendonitis 

  • Changes in posture

  • Difficulty balancing

  • Leg, hip, and back pain

If you are reluctant to abandon your high heels, you can still wear them, but should take measures to minimize damage to your feet: 

  • Wear shoes with heels no higher than 2 inches

  • Choose properly fitted shoes

  • Choose shoes with a wide toe box

  • Wear high heels infrequently 

  • When wearing high heels, take them off periodically to stretch and relax your feet 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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