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The Impact of Shoe Choices on Women's Foot Health

Women's footwear choices, whether flat, mid-heel, or high-heeled, can significantly influence foot health and overall well-being. Flat shoes, while often considered comfortable and practical, may lack proper arch support, leading to issues such as fallen arches or plantar fasciitis. Mid-heel shoes provide a compromise between style and comfort, offering a modest lift without placing excessive strain on the feet and calves. However, prolonged wear of mid-heel shoes can still contribute to foot pain and discomfort, particularly if the shoes lack adequate cushioning or support. On the other hand, high-heeled shoes, while stylish and elongating, can cause a myriad of foot problems, including bunions, hammertoes, and metatarsalgia, due to the increased pressure and instability they place on the feet and ankles. If any of the above foot conditions have developed from wearing high heels, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can guide you toward effective treatment strategies.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Howard Horowitz from Bowie Foot & Ankle . 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 office located in Bowie, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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