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High Heels and Foot Problems

Sunday, December 17th, 2017 Elizabeth Anthony

High Heeled shoes cause a myriad of foot problems for women if worn for long periods of time over many years.

Any heel higher than 1.5 inches shifts the weight of the body forward, and more weight is placed on the ball of the foot.

  • In addition, The knees and hips are improperly aligned with the ground when heels are so elevated.
    • This can cause knee, hip and back problems.

What foot problems are related to High Heels?

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Can I wear High Heels and Still Prevent Foot Problems?

Limiting the amount of time that High Heels are worn immensely reduces the painful conditions they cause. Restricting the time heels are worn to under 2 hours is recommended.

Also, high heels that are maximum height of 2 inches are significantly safer to wear. This prevents too much body weight from being shifted forwards. It also decreases the risk of a woman losing her balance and rolling her foot/ankle.

If improper wearing of high heels has caused you foot pain, visit one of the licensed podiatrists at Innovative Foot and Ankle. We are all trained in conservative and surgical correction of foot and ankle deformities. We are located in northern New Jersey, with offices in Montclair, Bayonne, Kenilworth and Little Ferry.