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What are the dangers of high heels?

Footwear choices can play a major role in the health and wellbeing of your feet. Pumps and stilettos might be stylish, but you need to be aware of the potential dangers from wearing high heels.

When you wear high heels on a frequent basis, you increase your risk of medical issues like ankle sprains, fractures, bunions, hammertoes, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and ligament damage. While footwear choices might not actually cause toe deformities like bunions and hammertoes, they can certainly make them worse.

There are two biomechanical problems with high heels – the elevated position of the heel and the excess pressure on the front of the foot. With the heel being so high, the calf muscle and Achilles tendon are shortened and tightened, which increases their risk of injury. Also, the amount of weight placed on the front of the foot can contribute to toe joint imbalance.

These are only some of the possible risks you face when you wear high-heeled footwear on a frequent basis. For more information, or if you are experiencing foot problems from the effect of wearing high heels, contact Richardson Podiatry Associates by calling (972) 690-5374 or schedule an appointment with our Richardson, TX office online.