"The reason heels are bad is because when you are in any kind of shoe that has elevation or a heel, your weight gets shifted forward to the ball of the foot," Jackie Sutera, DPM, a podiatric surgeon at City Podiatry in NYC, tells SELF. "The higher the heel, the more weight and pressure get shifted forward. Your knees and hips then have to push forward and your back has to hyperextend backwards to counterbalance," she explains. This can translate to leg, hip, and back pain. "It misaligns the whole skeleton and that’s in a nutshell why it's really bad for you."
"What ends up happening with overuse is the fat pad on the bottom of the foot starts to become a lot thinner over time," Sutera says. "When you don’t have a natural cushion anymore, you can get generalized pain on the bottom of the foot." This pain is called metatarsalgia. The rate at which these fat pads atrophy depends on the person, but over-wearing high heels and even walking around in crappy flip-flops can contribute to the process over time.
Dr. John A. Hardy's Toronto foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics does not recommend high heels to any patient. Not only are they destructive to the health of your foot, but every joint above the foot, your posture as well as an increased rate of injury and accidents.
If you or a loved one requires high quality advice, foot care or custom orthotics, please do not hesitate to contact us at 416-465-8737.
Brough to you by Dr. John A. Hardy, owner of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.