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Can High Heels Benefit My Ankles?

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 00:00

Research has shown it has been widely known that wearing high heels may cause harm and injuries to the feet. Experiencing pain the the feet can be a result of wearing this type of shoe, including the formation of hammertoes and bunions. However, new information may indicate the ankles may strengthen during the first few years of wearing high heels. There have been studies performed that possibly prove the theory of the muscles around the ankle becoming stronger during this time frame. As time progresses, the joints and tendons will gradually weaken if high heels are worn frequently for a long period of time. Performing proper stretches may protect the feet in maintaining the balance necessary for daily tasks. A consultation with a podiatrist is recommended if you would like additional information about how high heels may affect the feet.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from New Tampa Foot & Ankle. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Wesley Chapel and South Tampa, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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