Women love their high heels and no matter what any doctor says they will keep wearing them, but there are some steps you can take when buying your high heels.
Get the snuggest fitting high heels you can in the fore foot area, but not tight. You don’t want your foot to slide forward in the shoe causing a gap in the heel area. Lose fitting shoes force the foot towards the toes causing great pressure on both the toes and the ball of the foot which could eventually lead to neuromas, stress fractures, claw toes, hammertoes, bunions and ingrown toe nails.
Using a silicone pad in the ball of the foot can alleviate some of this pressure, but make sure you take those pads when purchasing your shoes.
Houston’s Foot Doc Sherman Nagler says when looking for high heels choose the ones with a thicker heel for more stability, this will lessen the possibility of hammertoes by not requiring the toes to grip as tightly while walking. Buy shoes with different heights in the heel area so your feet can take a break from the extreme 4 or 5 inch heights you usually wear.
Purchase leather high heels whenever possible, it will stretch and is more forgiving than the vinyl material that is commonly used in high heels today. Our office also has a shoe stretcher available for the convenience of our established patients at no charge.
Symptoms you may experience could be painful hip, knee, lower back or even upper back due to anatomical changes made by the high heels. Please call Nagler Foot Center for a consultation. The higher the high heel are the more stress occurs on the inside of the knee which could damage the knee cartilage leading to osteoarthritis and even surgery. Your forefoot receives the most damage with high heels as stated above and will eventually lead to surgery if not stopped before the damage occurs. It is important to limit the time spent in high heels and whenever possible slip them off because 60% of women today who routinely wear high heels have pain while wearing them.
When walking any extended distances use walking shoes to get there and change back into your high heels at the end of the walk.
Call Houston Podiatrist Sherman Nagler for more details. Don’t let pain stop you from wearing those high heels. www.Foothouston.com 713.529.1010