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High heels increase foot problems

High-Heels Increase Risk for Foot Problems

November 22, 2018

A lot of women like the look of high-heeled shoes. They can make you look taller and feel more glamorous. But, according to Sarita Dillard, DPM, a specialist in Podiatry at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, “Wearing high-heeled footwear increases your risk for developing foot problems and can complicate any foot disorders you may already have.”

Dr. Dillard says problems that may occur include bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, and increased likelihood of an ankle sprain.

“And if you have diabetes, you’re at greater risk for developing more serious medical complications,” she warns.

She says that because high heels put feet in a downward pointing position, they place an increased and unnatural amount of pressure on the forefoot.

“The lower part of your body leans forward while the upper part of your body must lean back to keep you balanced,” she explains. “This is not your body's normal standing position.”

Dr. Dillard says leg and back strain are also common complaints from those wearing high heels. “Poor alignment caused by wearing high heels may lead to muscle overuse and back pain,” she says.

Dr. Dillard understands that high heels can look fashionable. She advises wearing them only for special occasions with a sensible heel height that doesn’t overly compromise your balance.

“If you’re concerned about foot problems, see a qualified podiatrist. Your feet – and body – will thank you for it,” concludes Dr. Dillard.

Headshot of Sarita Dillard, DPM

About the Author

Dr. Sarita Dillard is a board certified podiatrist at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. She sees patients at multiple clinics including the Main Campus and Tanglewood Clinic

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