Is wearing high heels really bad for your feet?

High heels can impact the health of your feet in the form of calluses, bunions, blisters and ingrown nails. “Are high heels bad for feet?” is a fairly common question women ask at our office. Some women wonder this after spending extended periods in stylish stilettos. Others have heard that high heels cause bunions and are curious about the connection.

There is debate in the medical community over whether shoes cause bunions and bunionettes or not. At the very least, it is safe to say that they can contribute to making the condition worse. Other problems high heels can contribute to, or even cause, include ingrown nails, calluses, and blisters.

Additionally, high-heeled footwear can affect Achilles tendons, shorten muscle fibers, and reduce the range of motion in ankles. These factors all can play a role in a host of foot and ankle conditions that may ultimately cause pain or impede an ability to perform favorite activities.

All of this said, wearing high heels on special occasions is probably not the worst thing in the world, but be sure to place the emphasis on “special.” For additional information on the effects of high heels or to receive expert foot care, contact Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists online or by calling (512) 328-8900.
Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists