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The Optimal High Heel Height

Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Choosing the right high heel height is a delicate balance between fashion and comfort, with implications for both style and foot health. While personal preferences play a role, experts recommend considering a heel height that is one to two inches. This range provides a stylish lift without subjecting the feet to excessive pressure or discomfort. Lower heels distribute weight more evenly, reducing strain on the balls of the feet and minimizing the risk of conditions such as bunions or metatarsalgia. Additionally, a modest heel height promotes a more natural posture, preventing issues like lower back pain and Achilles tendon strain. Ultimately, the optimal high heel height is one that allows you to walk with grace and confidence while prioritizing the well-being of your feet. By striking this balance, you can effortlessly blend style with comfort, ensuring your footwear choices enhance both your fashion statement and overall foot health. If you are interested in seeking additional information about how wearing high heels affect your feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Kendall Blackwell from InStride Wilson Podiatry Associates. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Wilson, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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