Dr. Belinda Dotter
It's spring and time to wear gorgeous high heeled sandals. Here’s some information and tips to keep your foot in tip top shape when wearing them!
Studies have shown that high heeled shoes create excess pressure on the plantar surface, or sole of the foot, which can lead to metatarsalgia (ball of the foot pain), excess stress on foot joints, and painful calluses. The higher the heel is, the more probability that muscular imbalances are occurring while walking in the shoes — causing certain leg and foot muscles to work too hard. These imbalances can lead to problems such as knee pain, heel pain (plantar fasciitis), and hammer toes.
|Find the right fit|
- Incorrect Size: You may be
surprised to learn that your shoe size has changed over the years. A change in
foot size can often be attributed to hormonal changes and natural changes in
soft tissue that occur with aging. The next time you shop for shoes, be sure to
measure your feet for both length and width. Be aware that the right size shoe
may not always be a good fit, so it helps to try on a few different styles
until you find the most comfortable fit. Shoe
sizes can vary to almost 1 size depending on the manufacturer!
- Extreme Height: One of the most common problems with
high heels is pain under the ball of the foot. A higher heel means more stress on the
ball of the foot, ankle, and knee, which increases as the height goes up.
Try these to minimize pain and possible injury:
- Prefer to wear a platform shoe, this adds height without the extreme slope and pressure on the ball of the foot.
- Wear a chunky heel instead of stilettos.
- Find a
heeled shoe where the heel is positioned more toward the back of the shoe,
which is more stable than a heel positioned more toward the center of the shoe.
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