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High heels, while undoubtedly stylish, come with a hidden price tag that affects our feet, which are the foundation of our body. These chic yet often uncomfortable footwear choices can lead to a cascade of issues. The elevated heel forces the body's weight forward, disrupting the natural alignment of the spine, possibly causing lower back pain. Additionally, toes are crammed into tight spaces, and may lead to deformities such as bunions and hammertoes. The lack of proper arch support strains the feet's ligaments and tendons, contributing to plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Prolonged wear can result in shortened calf muscles, impacting overall gait and stability. Recognizing how wearing high heels can negatively affect the feet may cause an individual to try different footwear. If you would like more information about the effects high heels can have on the feet, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can address any questions or concerns you may have.
High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Total Podiatry. Our doctors 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?
- 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.
Selecting the right running shoes is a crucial step in ensuring a comfortable and injury free running experience. Various types of running shoes cater to different needs and preferences. Neutral running shoes are suitable for those people who have a natural gait, providing balanced cushioning. Stability shoes offer added support to prevent overpronation. Motion control shoes are designed for severe overpronators, offering maximum stability. Trail running shoes are equipped with rugged soles for off-road terrains. When choosing running shoes, it is beneficial to consider factors such as foot arch, pronation type, and intended terrain. Remember to prioritize comfort, proper fit, and the specific demands of your running style. Investing time in finding the right shoes ensures your running journey remains both enjoyable and injury free. If you would like to have more information about how to choose the right running shoes, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with useful tips.
If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Total Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type
To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.
- Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
- Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
- Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.
Numerous factors can cause heel numbness. Common causes can include sitting with crossed legs or wearing tight shoes. Some cases may have more serious origins, such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, lupus, nerve compression, or an infection. Numbness may lead to difficulty in sensing touch, temperature, or it may be difficult to balance while walking. Additional symptoms can include tingling, weakness, and sometimes pain or swelling. Seeking medical attention is important, especially if numbness is severe or if it accompanies other symptoms that can include stroke indicators. Treatment depends on the underlying cause and may involve medication or alternative therapies. If simple fixes do not alleviate the numbness, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Causes of Heel Pain
Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.
Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.
Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.
Why Might Heel Pain Occur?
- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- Wearing non-supportive shoes
- Weight change
- Excessive running
Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.
Stretching plays a vital role in maintaining healthy feet and overall well-being. It offers numerous benefits, such as improved flexibility, better circulation, reduced risk of injury, and less pain. By incorporating a few minutes of stretching into your daily routine, you can experience these advantages. Morning stretches can be instinctive, where your body subconsciously stretches to modify tension in the feet, surrounding muscles, organs, and blood vessels. Sitting or standing for extended periods can lead to muscle tightness and discomfort. Incorporating stretching breaks can help ease tension in the neck, back, hips, legs, and feet. Stretching before bedtime can promote relaxation and improved sleep quality. If you would like more information about specific stretches that will help your feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide this type of information.
Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Total Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Stretching the Feet
Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.
- Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
- Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
- Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
- Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.
It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.
Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.
A broken toe can be painful. Despite the discomfort it can cause, it is generally not a serious injury. A broken toe can happen from stubbing it into a piece of furniture, or from dropping a heavy object on it. Bruising, swelling, and the inability to walk are common symptoms that can be experienced with a broken toe. A severely broken toe may have a protruding bone, and surgery may be required to align it properly. The buddy taping method is effective in treating toes that are mildly fractured. This is done by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it. This treatment method is generally successful in providing the necessary stability as the healing process occurs. Mild relief may be found if the foot is frequently elevated, which may help to reduce some of the swelling. If you have fractured your toe, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat this condition.
Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Total Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
What Is a Broken Toe?
A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.
Symptoms of a Broken Toe
- Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
- Nail Injury
Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.