Winter is here and the desire to look good during holiday events sometimes clashes with the pain of wearing high-heeled shoes. High heeled shoes may make your legs look sexy, but prolonged wear can lead to many disabling deformities, ranging from low back pain to foot pain. Wearing high heels can lead to shortening and contracture of the large Achilles tendon and calf muscles in the back of the leg. Women who habitually wear high heels usually develop the classic aching muscles and Achilles tendonitis, especially when there are shifts to lower heeled shoes.
|Dr. Jodie Sengstock
“Many high heeled shoes for women also have pointed toe boxes,” said Dr. Jodie Sengstock, director of professional relations for the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association. “The narrow toe box squeezes the toes and the heel height causes a shift in the body column that must be compensated for by the foot. These issues generally cause aches and soreness of the feet and back, and can often result in sprains or other complications.”
Source: Chris Morrisroe, Voice News [12/17/18]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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