While wearing high-heeled shoes may have once been a fashion statement, the tide has turned and many women are now ditching the high heels—even on the fashion catwalk—where sneakers are now all the rage. Wearing high heels regularly puts an enormous amount of pressure on the front of the foot with a corresponding tendency to develop ingrown toenails and many other feet, ankle, and even knee and back problems.
Some of the many problems caused by wearing high heels include the following:
- Arch and toe deformities—High-heeled shoes compress your toes in the small space at the front of the shoes, and can contribute to the formation of hammertoes and bunions as well as arch abnormalities.
- Achilles tendonitis—The Achilles tendon is the large tendon that connects your heel to your calf muscle. Wearing high heels regularly can actually have the effect of shortening this tendon causing pain, discomfort, and the development of heel spurs.
If you must wear high heels for work or special occasions, carry a pair of flats to switch to whenever possible (such as during a commute) to take the pressure off your poor feet.
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If you are experiencing pain and discomfort from wearing high heels, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. At Podiatry Center of New Jersey, Dr. Russell Samofal, Dr. Dolan Chowdhury, Dr. Jaclyn Ramirez, and Dr. Magdalena Marcinek treat a variety of conditions such as sports injuries, diabetic foot problems, pediatric foot conditions, toe deformities, arthritis, nail fungus, arch problems, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies and dedicated staff, Podiatry Center of New Jersey provides individualized high-quality care for patients all across Morris, Passaic, Bergen, and Essex counties. For all your foot and ankle problems, contact our Wayne office at (973) 925-4111 for an appointment.