Ladies, drop the heels and step away. Better yet, don’t even take them out of your closet. You’ve probably heard at least once that high heels aren’t the best type of shoe to wear, and we couldn’t agree more. Most high heels give you pain while wearing them, but did you know that they can cause quite a number of other foot or ankle-related problems?
Here are common issues that can be caused by high heels:
●Bunions: A bunion is an abnormal, painful bump that develops on the side of your foot, most commonly at the joint of your big toe. High heels contribute to the formation of these painful bumps--and if left untreated, the condition can become worse and deform the foot.
●Hammertoes: Hammertoes occur when your feet are squeezed into tight shoes (especially in the toe box area) and your toes are pushed against the front of the shoes for long periods of time. Over time, this repeated action can leave your toes looking crooked or bent, and the toes can eventually no longer straighten out on their own.
●Neuromas: High heels can contribute to nerve pain, like Morton’s neuroma. This type of pain occurs on the nerve between the ends of your metatarsal bones, where they meet your toes. Footwear, like high heels, that squeezes your toes or force your body weight onto the ball of your foot tends to make the condition worse.
●Ingrown toenails: When a toenail grows into the surrounding soft skin, it’s considered an ingrown toenail. You may feel some irritation and swelling in the toenail area, which can be quite painful if left untreated. Wearing high heels can contribute to the formation of ingrown toenails due to your toes squeezing together in a small toe box. The constant pressure from the shoe pushes the nail to grow into the skin.
●Haglund’s deformity: Commonly known as “pump bump,” Haglund’s deformity is a bony enlargement on the back of the heel. The rigid backs of high heels can create pressure that aggravates the enlargement when walking. Pain, swelling, and redness on the back of the heel and surrounding tissues are common indicators of this condition.
One of the simplest ways to lessen pain and symptoms of these conditions is to reduce the amount of time you wear high heels, or simply ditch your high heels altogether. In some cases, surgery may be recommended to correct these problems. Our team of specialists would be able to advise on the best treatment plan for you.
If your high heels are causing your feet unnecessary pain, toss them back in your closet. Opt for better, proper footwear options to help avoid the above issues all together. If you’re having trouble finding better fitting shoes, we’d be happy to guide you in the right direction. Reach our Chandler and Gilbert offices by calling 480-963-9000 or completing an online contact form here.