Did you know that women are four times more likely to develop foot problems than men? I have two words for you: high heels. There’s no denying that high heels make us feel powerful, confident, and sexy. But those same sky-high stilettos can actually be pretty bad for our foot health. If you want to keep your feet healthy and pain-free, it might be time to ditch the high heels and opt for a more comfortable option instead. Keep reading to learn more about the negative effects of high heels and discover some better options for shoes that will still make you look fabulous.
High heels are amazing for making you look taller, but they can be breathtakingly painful. When you wear high heels for an extended period of time, the pressure of the shoe against your foot can cause the formation of calluses. These calluses can be quite uncomfortable and make it difficult to walk. Treatments include trimming the callus and using a callus eraser called Heal. Heal contains urea, which will soften the skin and reduce dead skin build up. We also recommend using a Buff weekly to help reduce buildup. We do not recommend the use of a Ped Egg. I know they gained popularity in the past, but I have seen too many patients that have obtained wounds from using a Ped Egg. Please avoid at all costs, especially if you are diabetic.
Wearing high heels can also cause a neuroma. A neuroma is a pinched nerve that can develop in any part of the body. However, when it develops in the foot, it is commonly referred to as a “Morton’s neuroma”.
High heels, and other closed-toe, pointed shoes, are one of the most common causes of neuromas. The elevated heel position puts stress on the toes and ball of the foot, which can cause the nerves to become compressed and irritated. This can lead to pain, numbness, tingling, and a burning sensation in the foot. Most people compare the sensation to having a sock balled up underneath their foot.
Treatment for a neuroma may include wearing wider shoes, using orthotics, a steroid injection and/or taking medication to relieve pain and inflammation. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the nerve tumor.
Laser therapy is a great non-invasive treatment option for people who want to avoid steroid injections or surgery. to relieve pain and inflammation. Our FDA-Cleared Class IV MLS Laser uses concentrated light energy to stimulate the body’s own healing process to minimize pain, inflammation and promote healing. Most patients feel a 75% reduction in pain after just six laser treatments within two weeks.
To prevent any of these foot ailments, consider a shoe with a lower heel. This will provide your foot with more support and stability. Try looking for a wedge or a “chunky” heel. I recommend checking out Tops For Shoes website and looking at shoes like the Steve Madden Irenee, Pelle Moda Krisa, or similar styles.
Dillard’s has a wide selection of styles and colors as well, so you are sure to find a shoe to match your outfit no matter what!
If you absolutely must wear heels (I get it, shoes make an outfit), then I recommend carrying a pair of tennis shoes in your car or bag. You can wear tennis shoes during high impact times and switch to your high heels once your reach your destination. This will help reduce any pain your heels might cause.
I’m not saying that you need to throw away all of your cute high heel shoes. Just be smart about what shoes you wear and when you wear them. Remember, you can have both style and comfort. If you want more assistance shopping for shoes, check out this YouTube video!
If you are experiencing any symptoms from wearing high heels, call us at 859-264-1141 or schedule an appointment online to prevent the condition from becoming worse.