Podiatrist, Dr. Marlene Reid states, "long-term damage that can be expected when high heels are worn frequently. Nearly 50 percent of women surveyed have high heels and of those, 70 percent said they have heel pain. So why are high heels worn at all if there’s so much pain? The answer is no surprise if you ask anyone who has a favorite pair of 4 inch heels! High heels, regardless of age or body type, make you feel sexy and confident. No matter what your occupation, heels make you feel good.The higher the heel, the higher the pitch, which means more weight sits onto the ball of the foot. As a result, the tissues and ligaments in the feet wear down and can even tear over time. Frequently wearing high heels also contracts your Achilles tendon which can make wearing other shoes more difficult. Another risk is losing balance when wearing high heels, which can lead to ligament tears or even broken ankles. The APMA has reported that there have been over 123,000 injuries reported to the emergency room that are related to high heel use."
All of the Chiropodists at Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics educate their patients in the dangers of high heels and that it is 'how you feel, not how you look'. If you or a loved one requires honest, competent advice, foot care or custom orthotics, please do not hesitate to contact our Toronto foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.
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