High-Heeled Boots & Winter: A Dangerous Combination for Foot Pain

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Dec 30, 2014 5:45:54 PM

women's high heeled bootsIt’s the time of year when both men and women pull their winter boots out of the closet. It’s also the time of year to be extra cautious where you step, especially if you’re wearing high-heeled boots like many women do in the winter. High-heeled winter boots combined with snow, ice and rain can often lead to falls, fractures, and sprains that cause you incredible back, ankle and foot pain. The article below gives more details about the dangers of these fancy boots during the winter season.

Posted by: Jamie Lampros, Standard-Examiner correspondent

Dangers of wearing high-heeled boots in the winter

Slips and falls from high-heeled boots account for dozens of injuries each year, turning the fashionable foot wear into unflattering casts and crutches, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

“The foot is most stable when the ankle is closest to the shin,” said Dr. Kevin Walker, a podiatrist at Ogden Clinic. “With that said, women’s high heels present an interesting dilemma for the function of the foot. The higher the heel, the more unstable the foot and ankle.”

Walker said high heels during the holidays might make you feel like a million bucks, but the pain and unstable walking can have some pretty negative consequences, including foot, ankle and back pain.

The ACFAS states the type of injury suffered from a fall due to high-heeled winter boots depends on how the woman falls. A broken bone or stress fracture can be the result of the ankle rolling inward or outward. Torn ligaments and sprains can happen if the ankle is twisted. Toes and heels can also be broken or injured.

Foothealthfacts.org reports a 500 percent increase in emergency room visits during the winter months due to injuries from slips and falls. These injuries, if left untreated, can lead to further complications such as arthritis, chronic pain and deformity.

Walker said he recommends a heel height of no more than one inch for both men and women, and the wider the heel, the better as tapered toe boxes can cause bunions and hammertoes.

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While slips and falls are significant dangers because they can lead to foot pain caused by sprains and fractures, ultimately wearing high-heeled boots like those mentioned above can also cause other lasting foot problems like the bunions and hammertoes briefly mentioned. While these are also hereditary, they can be aggravated by poorly fitting footwear.

People are often afraid to see a foot doctor for these issues because they think their problems are worse than they are or that the treatment will be extremely painful and require them to be off of their feet for too long. The good news is there are treatment options available for foot pain that are outpatient procedures and allow for quicker healing times. Learn more about these treatments offered at Adler Footcare by downloading the free e-book below.

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If you’d like to schedule a consultation to talk with a New York podiatrist about your foot pain, contact us at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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