Your Achilles tendon, or the band of tissue stretching from the back of your heel all the way to your calf, lengthens and shortens with your foot movement. When you point your toes and your heel rises closer to your calf (like you do when wearing heels), your Achilles tendon shortens. But too much shortening is a bad thing, according to Dr. Jane Pontious. Because the Achilles connects to the plantar fascia, or the ligament that stretches along the bottom of your foot, shortening your Achilles tendon pulls on the plantar fascia, causing it stress. The result is a form of pain in your heel and arch known as plantar fasciitis.
At our Toronto foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics we always recommend to our female patients that they never wear high heels. Not only are they bad for your feet, but also the entire body and one's posture.
Brought to you by Dr. John A. Hardy, owner of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.