High Heels Friend or Foe?

 by Tracey Meyer (Master Podiatrist)


Many women wear high heels on a regular basis saying that they make them feel more feminine, confident and sexy. Unfortunately these perceived benefits can come at a huge cost to your short and long term foot health.

Wearing heels higher than 2 inches on a regular basis can lead to adaptation of the muscles and tendons in the back and lower limb. Calf muscles can tighten and shorten in habitual high heel wearers making them more prone to injury especially when switching from heels to bare feet or gym shoes. 

There is an obvious risk of falls causing sprains and fractures especially when you mix high heels with alcohol and dancing! 

Abnormal pressure areas placed on the foot by high heels may lead to other foot issues such as corns, callus, blisters, neuromas, bursitis and general overuse, especially of the forefoot. 

A common misconception is that heels cause bunions however they don’t.  High heels can however irritate an existing bunion causing blisters, bursitis and even ulceration. 

Irymple Foot Clinic recommends the following tips regarding high heels: 

  1. If you must wear heels – go for a low (less than 2 inches with a broad heel for stability – narrow stiletto type heels are the worst!

  2. Limit the amount of time you spent in heels especially if you plan on walking or standing for long periods.

  3. Alternate your shoes with more sensible footwear when you can.

  4. Stretch your calf muscles daily to help prevent injury.

  5. See your Podiatrist for footwear advice and treatment of any foot problems.

It’s all about moderation, too much of anything can be bad for you! 

More information is available online at www.walkingonair.com.au .

Appointments can be made at Irymple Foot Clinic by calling 50246333.



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