Humans are supposed to walk heel-to-toe, with the leg at about a 90-degree angle to the foot, while the ankle joint uses a 60-degree range of motion during normal activities.
But if you wear high heels, you’re altering the position of the foot and how it is supposed to function, which can lead to serious problems.
To learn how to wear high heels in a healthy way, keep reading!
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When women high heels, corns develop up under the balls of the foot where the weight of their body presses down. The corns can feel like small rocks underfoot when you walk.
High heels can also lead to neuromas, also known as pinched nerves. When the heel is frequently in a high-heel shoe, it can cause the Achilles tendon (connects the calf muscle to the heel bone) to tighten.
High heels may lead to inflammation of the connective tissue at the bottom of the foot, the plantar fascia, which can turn into severe heel pain.
All of these conditions can be painful, so the best advice is not to wear high heels, but many women still do.
If that sounds like you, then try not to go higher than two inches in heels and wear them sparingly with breaks.
If you have to wear high heels as part of your job, hand your boss a copy of this blog. Otherwise, walk in something else until you get to work. Put the high heels on when you get to the office, and minimize the time that you’re standing or walking.
Walking too long in high-heeled shoes can result in stress fractures, or cracks in the bones of the feet.
Also keep in mind that a wider and bigger heel gives the shoe a wider base of stability. A skinnier heel means you’re more likely to have an ankle sprain. You can also break your ankle or injure the ligaments on the side of your ankle when you fall from wobbly high heel shoes.
You should also choose a rubber-soled shoe over leather because rubber is better able to absorb the pressure in the feet. Try shopping for shoes at the end of the day, when your foot is most swollen, rather than in the morning.
If you have foot pain that is persistent and won’t go away, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.
Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.