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Posts for tag: High Heels

By Dr Alison Croughan
December 17, 2021
Category: Heel Pain
Tags: High Heels  

Many patients present to the office with bunions and hammertoes and question if they are due to their shoes.

Yes, shoe gear especially high heels can play a part in foot pain.  How you may ask? High heels move your weight load further onto the ball of your foot increasing the pressure and work of tiny muscles and ligaments around your toes and metatarsal joints.  The increase in motion and pressure of the forefoot can lead to nerve irritation or a neuroma which is a bulbous nerve causing numbness, tingling and burning into the adjacent toes.  The heel height as well as pitch of the shoe also changes your posture, lower back, pelvis and hip position.  It can shorten your calf muscles and achilles tendons which can lead to heel pain and increased motion in your mid foot. The lack of control and support of the shoe itself can lead to ankle injuries and even irritation of your heel bone.  Some patients present with a “pump bump” which can be very painful.  My philosophy is everything in moderation; full days and many miles should never be performed in a very high heel.  An orthotic can be made for a dress shoe to help hold your foot in the most optimal position and give you the arch support you need.  I always recommend patients bring their shoes in for an evaluation as they play an integral role in treating one’s pedal complaints.

By Dr Arden Smith
January 11, 2021
Category: Heel Pain
Tags: High Heels  
If you’ve ever wondered what the average timeframe is for wearing high heels, you’re not alone. According to "Who What Wear", many other women have also been curious.
Heels also alter the ability of the foot to absorb shock evenly across the foot and to hold up our body weight. A larger size heel will still force the distribution of weight onto the ball of your foot and compact your toes into a small space which will still lead to the progression of bunions and hammertoes if you are predisposed to having them.
For a medium heel height, 1.5 to 3 inches, a maximum of three hours should be the limit. This type of heel is not really for walking long periods of time or dancing; however, if attending a social gathering, limit the physical activity to avoid foot damage and risk injury.
Never go over 3 inches in heel height because it changes the biomechanics of how you walk. This leads to shorter strides, and more pressure is placed on the balls of your feet, which throws off your center of gravity, putting unneeded and unnecessary stress on your knees and lower back.
If you have any questions regarding the appropriateness of your shoes, or your shoes in general, please call Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, and Maspeth and one of our expert podiatrists will be happy to help.

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