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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
October 18, 2017
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: corns   bunion   hammertoe  

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we see an increase in visits from women with a variety of foot complaints. This is no random coincidence. During the summer months many of our female patients have been wearing open sandals with low heels and flips flops. When cooler temperatures require the return to closed toed shoes and heels at work, problems arise.

The Trouble with High Heels

High heels pose several difficulties for your feet. First, they pitch your feet at an unnatural angle, forcing them downward and putting pressure on the toes and forefeet and creating unnatural muscle imbalance. Often designed with narrow toe boxes, high heels also squeeze toes together. In addition, the height and width of the heel can create instability and increase the risk of falls. The end result of these shoes is a number of potential foot problems including:

  • Bunions—the squeezing of the toes can force the big toe joint to move out of place and start drifting toward the second toe, producing the telltale bunion bump on the side of the foot
  • Hammertoe—repeatedly being pushed up against the front of the shoe can cause a long toe to start to curl under
  • Corns and calluses—these form in response to areas of the foot that are experiencing friction from rubbing against the shoe or pressure
  • Ankle sprains—particularly walking in areas of uneven terrain (which occur in both urban and rural settings) can increase the risk of ankle sprains if you’re basically walking on stilts

Collateral Damage

In addition to the obvious foot ailments high heels can cause, there are other long term issues that can affect quality of life. Having foot problems can prevent you from working out and doing exercise that requires running or squatting. This in turn can lead to weight gain, less energy and a lower level of fitness. Foot pain from heels that is ignored may create a condition that eventually requires surgery, derailing a patient’s life for some period of time. Weakened foot muscles and chronic pain can also occur.

If you experience any symptoms of the above problems, contact our Washington office today for an appointment by calling:  (724) 225- 7410. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will evaluate your toes, feet and ankles and determine the proper steps for relieving pain and preventing further damage. One of them will be to switch to shoes with lower heels and roomier toe boxes. Don’t let today’s fashions ruin your active lifestyle tomorrow!

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