High Heel Harm and How to Handle It

When you are dressing up to go out, give thought to your footwear choice, especially if you are thinking of high heels. Austin, TX has a variety of dining options ranging from economical to exquisite. If your mood is saying high-class ambiance and an exceptional culinary experience, you may want to consider a special night at Congress for an amazing date night. If you opt for stilettos to match the upscale surroundings, though, you could end up saying “These shoes are killing me!”

This is an obvious exaggeration (we hope), but you should consider the fact that your footwear may actually be causing you harm. “But they look super cute!” we hear you saying in protest. Super cute or not, shoes that don’t fit comfortably contort your feet into positions they are simply not intended to be in for extended periods of time.

At this point, you may be wondering what the risks are (“How bad could it be?”) and if they are enough to make you change your shoe-wearing habits. Well, as Austin’s premier experts in bunion care, we can attest to the fact that high heels are a major contributor to bunion problems. They can also be responsible for causing, or contributing to, other toe deformities like hammertoes, mallet toes, and claw toes as well.

Other issues that result from these shoes include ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, nerve damage, and pain in your knees, hips and lower back. You can even sustain irreversible damage in your leg tendons from the unnatural foot positioning.

The key to handling conditions caused by poorly-fitting footwear is early detection and treatment. Now that you are aware of the issues that can be caused by wearing high heels, you can be vigilant in catching them sooner rather than later so we can help. Also, you will clearly benefit from switching to comfortable, supportive shoes with heels that are less than 2” high.

If years of wearing high heels have led to pain and foot problems, come and see us at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. Fortunately, most foot issues stemming from high heel harm can be remedied. Let us provide an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for you. Contact our Austin, TX office via our online form or call us at (512) 328-8900 to schedule your appointment today.

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Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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