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Fractures and High Heels

It is certainly no secret that wearing high heels is not healthy for the feet. In fact, it can put them at an increased risk of injury. Wearing high heels puts extreme pressure on the midfoot arch. If a person were to fall wearing high heels, they can cause a fracture in the bones in this area of the foot. When this happens, it is possible for the midfoot to break or dislocate in some way. Most often when a fracture of this nature develops, some individuals might not take it as seriously as they should. This kind of fracture can be quite uncomfortable and cause many complications. In this situation, it is best to contact a podiatrist who can examine your feet and provide you with the most helpful advice and treatment.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Darren Day, DPM from Hawaii. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of 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.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Honolulu and Kahuku, HI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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