According to the College of Podiatry, women have approximately four times as many foot issues as men do. Many podiatrists contribute this to the wearing of high heels. A 2014 survey by The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) found that 49% of all women wear high heels even though 71% of those women report that high heels hurt their feet. Calluses, hammertoes, bunions, and neuroma are several of the problems that can develop from wearing high heels. As time passes, problems can also travel up the legs. Experts agree that women should try to wear heels that are 3 inches or less, aim for thicker wheels, and be aware of their posture to avoid the problems associated with high heels.
High heels can negatively affect your feet if they do not offer enough support. If you would like to learn more, speak to Dr. Gary Curson of Florida. Dr. Curson will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.
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
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Surfside and Miami Shores, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.