You may be dreaming of a night out with your loved one for Valentine’s Day, wearing your new Jimmy Choo stilettos, enjoying a fine meal and good wine, and dancing the night away at Chrome Nightclub. Go ahead and enjoy, but you might want to rethink your choice of footwear. You could end up ruining your celebration with high heel injuries that take weeks to resolve.
Stilettos put you at risk for a sprained ankle, especially if you don’t wear them often, or if you are tired or have been using alcohol and your reactions are a bit off. Not only do the tall heels force your feet into awkward angles that make it hard to walk normally, the skinny profile doesn’t do much for your balance either. One wrong move and you could end up falling off them and badly twisting your ankle.
Another problem is that heels like these place the whole weight of your body basically on one small area—the ball of your foot. This causes undue pressure on the ends of your metatarsal (foot) bones, and alters the alignment of the joints between toes and feet. The more time you spend in these shoes, the higher your risk for forefoot pain from conditions like bunions, neuromas, ingrown toenails, and plantar fasciitis.
Because they throw your whole posture off, high heels can contribute to knee, hip and lower back problems too. When you wear them all the time, your foot is always pointing downward and your Achilles tendons can become permanently shortened, leading to several painful issues.
Save your Valentine’s Day celebration with these tips:
- Choose shoes with heels less than two inches high.
- Make sure they are the right size with plenty of room for your toes, and possibly a soft insole inside to protect from trauma.
- Wear them for as short a time as possible, and slip them off when you can hide your feet under the table during your meal.
- Stretch your Achilles and calf muscles every day. You can even do so while you are out wearing heels by periodically lifting the fronts of your feet up toward your calves.
Remember, if you do injure your foot, Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona can help. Call (480) 963-9000 to reach our Chandler office, or (480) 981-1800 for the Gilbert location, or schedule your appointment online.