High-heeled races are popping up all over the place. In fact, just this fall the Stiletto Sprint was held right here in Florida. On October 20 in Naples, the starting line was toed by tons of high-heeled shoes, ready to stride-out and strut their stuff. Proceeds went to cancer research and families affected by the disease. While this is for a great cause, and all in good fun, wearing high heels can wreak havoc on your feet, so don’t plan on doing it for long!
Prolonged wearing of pumps can lead to a number of serious conditions, some even permanent. Besides the obvious ankle sprain waiting to happen, such styles force your feet into an unnatural position. This puts a tremendous amount of stress on your forefoot which can lead to nerve damage, as well as painful ball of foot conditions such as metatarsalgia.
Your toes are typically squished together as well, often resulting in ingrown toenails and such
deformities as bunions and hammertoes. Pain from high heels does not stop there, though. The awkward position can also cause tendon and muscle damage, plantar fasciitis, osteoarthritis, and posture problems that can lead to even more complications.
Plus, the rigid back of these types of shoes can put so much pressure and irritation on your heel, it can create an inflamed, bony enlargement called Haglund’s deformity, otherwise known as “pump bump,” for obvious reasons.
Do you have to give up these heels for good? Not necessarily. Choose sensible heights—an inch and a half or less. Invest in some soft insoles or padding to be placed inside. Limit how much you wear them and make sure that when you do, you won’t be on your feet for long periods of time. Make foot stretches a part of your day, and while you’re at it, why not throw in a massage? Lastly, make sure that whatever shoes you choose, they fit you perfectly.
For more information or help with any foot concerns, sprint on over to Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle in Spring Hill, or call us at (352) 683-5799. You can also make a dash for our Hudson, FL, location; the number there is (727) 868-2128. Lawrence Kales, DPM and Patrick M. Qualtire, DPM are happy to help keep the effects of high heels from hindering you!
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