Although Adele won six Grammy Awards, celebrity fashion on the Red Carpet is still a hot topic in the news. A key feature of fashion is of course shoes, particularly high heels. High heels, as fashionable as they are, often contribute to many foot pathologies.
Wearing high heels which often have a narrow toe box can encourage the formation of a bunion, a swelling at the big toe joint. Bunions may not be aesthetically pleasing and may also cause pain and difficulty in finding appropriately fitting shoewear. To avoid the formation of bunions, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) recommends not wearing shoes with heels taller than 2 inches. However, of course high heels are not the sole cause of bunions, genetics and biomechanics are also contributing factors.
High heels may also exacerbate the symptoms of a neuroma, a benign nerve tumor that often brings feelings of pain, numbness, or tingling. The APMA again recommends shoes with heels no higher than 2 inches due to the stress placed on the forefoot where the neuroma is often located.
Wearing high heels constantly may also shorten the Achilles tendon which may lead to pain and tendonitis. High heels may also alter the direction and pull of the Achilles tendon causing a deformity known as the “pump bump” (Haglund’s deformity) which may become painful.
Last but not least, high heels are infamous for the foot pain associated with them. With the heel lifted, more pressure and body weight is placed on the ball of the foot. This can change the position of the foot during gait (or movement).
Certain steps may be taken to prevent serious complications from high heels. At Atlantic Foot and Ankle Associates, we recommend that you limit the amount of time wearing heels. When wearing heels, chose a pair with a wider toe box and a smaller heel. Also, stretch your calves to avoid any complications with your Achilles tendon.
If you’ve suffered from the pain that wearing high heels cause, come in and see us at Atlantic Foot and Ankle Associates. We have four offices conveniently located in Palm Coast, Daytona Beach, Port Orange, and Orange City, Florida. You don’t need to suffer any longer!