When Victoria Beckham chose to stop wearing high heels, it was because of the pain and discomfort wearing heels over long periods of time caused. High heels are harmful to the body in that “they make us contract our calves, balance on our toes, and stick out our backsides.” High heels force us into an unnatural gait, impacting the skeleton and the feet. Refrain from wearing high heels, especially as you age, as our footpads become less adept to handling unnatural poses in uncomfortable footwear.
Effects of High Heels on the Feet
High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity. Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.
What parts my body will be affected by high heels?
- Ankle Joints
- Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
- Balls of the Feet
- Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
- Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain. Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.
What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Plantar Fasciitis
How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?
If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems. Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising. If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work. Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock; you can buy either full inserts or metatarsal pads.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, Briarwood, and Flushing, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.