High Heels Cause Big Problems

The perfect set of heels can add just the right finishing touch to a special occasion look but at Edmond Norman Foot & Ankle we know that if high heels are your daily shoe choice we’re going to be seeing you to treat one or more foot problems. High heels put your feet at an angle that forces excess pressure on the front of your foot and squeezes your toes together. In addition, they affect your stability. Here are some foot issues that women who frequently wear high heels face:

Ankle Sprains and Fractures—This one is fairly obvious—if you’re balanced on tall, spiky heels you have a much greater chance of falling and breaking a bone or twisting an ankle. If you’ve already had a previous ankle sprain the ligaments are stretched and more likely to give way again. Heels do not provide support to the ankle to help prevent this from happening.

Bunions—Although bunions are often caused by a congenital defect of the neuromuscular structure of the foot, wearing heels greatly increases the damage and speeds the progression of this disorder. In the case of a bunion, the big toe drifts toward the second toe and the bone becomes misaligned and forms the characteristic bump on the side of the foot. High heels force the big toe toward the second toe and exacerbate this problem.

Achilles tendonitis—A long term effect of wearing high heels is that it tightens your calf muscles and shortens your Achilles tendon. This large, strong tendon is used in running, walking and climbing stairs. If it is too tight the tendon is more susceptible to painful inflammation.

Sesamoiditis—Sesamoids are tiny bones embedded in a tendon. Two of them are in the bottom of each of your feet up near the base of the big toe. Excess pressure is exerted on the sesamoids from the wearing of high heels which can cause inflammation to these bones. Pain and swelling in this area can make it difficult to walk.

So protect your feet by choosing shoes with heels of 2 inches or less. And, if you are already experiencing symptoms of any of the above disorders, make an appointment at our Edmond or Norman office (405-285-7408) so our podiatrist, Dr. A. Bil Buksh can recommend the appropriate treatment to bring relief from pain and discomfort.