Toss Out Those High Heels

There's a reason that podiatrists hate it when patients come in wearing high heels. The reason is that those shoes that are loved by so many are horrible for your feet. Many people love their high heels because they help legs look longer, help to give the rear end a more sculpted look and help to add to their height. However, those things aren't worth it in the long run when people who wear high heels regularly end up suffering from some painful and sometimes even awful-looking foot conditions. If you still aren't convinced that you should retire your high heels, you should continue reading this article so you are well-informed about some of the conditions your preference for high heels can cause.

High heels can cause plantar fasciitis 

You have a long band of tissue that follows the length of your foot from the base of your toes to your heel. This is called the plantar fascia, and injury or irritation to that tissue is called plantar fasciitis. High heels can easily injure the plantar fascia and leave you suffering from this very painful condition. They can do this by stretching the feet in an unnatural way for long lengths of time and by putting more pressure on the plantar fascia. Some of the types of injuries the plantar fascia is susceptible to include:

  • Tearing
  • Bruising
  • Inflammation

High heels can cause bunions on your feet 

Bunions are bony deformities of the large toe caused by a realignment of that joint. Wearing high heels on a regular basis will put an abnormal amount of stress and pressure on your big toe, as well as its joint. This is how wearing that type of shoes can lead to the development of bunions. Not only do bunions look abnormal, but they can also be painful. They can become such a problem that eventually they can make it difficult for you to find shoes that fit comfortably and correctly.

High heels can directly lead to the occurrence of stress fractures

When you wear high heels, the amount of stress they put on the ball of your feet can lead to stress fractures developing. Stress fractures tend to hurt, and they can have you off your feet. A small one may require you to stay off of your foot for up to eight weeks, while larger ones can require more invasive treatments to heal correctly. You'll also be at an increased risk of fracturing or even breaking an ankle when you wear high heels due to the increased risk of stepping wrong and twisting your ankle.

For additional information, contact a podiatry office like Bazzi Podiatry.