It is well known that high heels have been known to cause foot problems in women. Many women see podiatrists every day because of bunions, blisters, heel spurs, and many other foot problems directly related to the use of heels. How harmful are heels really? Is there anything women can do to prevent these problems? Will switching to wider heels be better for feet? Here is the scoop.
First, wider heeled shoes are not any better for the foot. Wider heels are still known to cause a risk of osteoarthritis in women. Wider heels do not lessen the risk but shorter heels do. The heel should be in line with the forefoot and not any higher than the forefoot. If the heel is higher it starts to cause pain and suffering in the foot.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the breakdown of cartilage in the joint. Obesity, high heels, genetics, age and other factors are also known to contribute to the condition. When the cartilage is broken down, it essentially takes away the cushion in the joints that give them a protective barrier. Without this protective barrier, the joints are left to rub bone against bone, which causes severe pain and inflammation in the surrounding tissue.
- Decreased Motion
It is important to note that pain is usually found in the knees but can occur in any joint in the body.
Treatment of osteoarthritis depends on the severity of the case. If the condition is caught early, supplements are known to help heal the joints over time. If the case is more severe, injections can be used to help manage the pain and act as cartilage. In the most severe instances, surgery will need to occur in order to fully treat the damage.
Do you have swelling, pain and decreased motion in your feet? Do you wear heels to work, out and about, during most of the day? You could be suffering from osteoarthritis. Dr. Lawrence J. Kales of Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle located in nature coast region of Florida can help treat your osteoarthritis. Call 727-868-2128 or make an appointment online today to get your feet in healthier shape.