New Study Confirms High-Heels Cause Damage to the Foot and Ankle

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Aug 28, 2015 9:00:00 AM

foot_pain_wearing_high_heelsHigh-heel shoes seem to be a necessary evil for women. They are necessary because women like the way they look, they tend to dress up an outfit, and accordingly to the fashion magazines each season, they are always on trend in some form. High-heels are an evil because of the foot and ankle problems they cause, briefly explained in the excerpt below.

Posted by: Texas Podiatrists

Ankle Sprain Study Released: Warning Issued to Women Who Love High-Heels

In May 2015, The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery® published a study that confirmed what podiatrists have known for decades. High-heel shoes may potentially cause wearers to experience ankle sprains as well as a cavalcade of other injuries. The study looked at foot and ankle injuries over a span of 10 years, starting with 2002. But one doesn’t have to go back that far to see what kind of damage wearing high-heels can do to the ankle.

In April 2015, high-heel wearing Britney Spears had a very public accident on stage. The video of her injury made its rounds on social media and in the mainstream media. So, many people got to see the unfortunate incident go down. In the end, she had to alter her tour schedule to accommodate what the media reports widely claimed was an ankle sprain.

When a woman sprains her ankle, doctors will assign the injury a grade. The grades run from one to three with three being the most severe. It often involves mid-section ruptures or separation of the ligament from the bone. Once the ligament ruptures or separates from the bone, the person must be immobilized and kept that way for an extended period of time.

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In addition to ankle injuries, high-heels can aggravate foot problems such as bunions, hammertoes and plantar fasciitis. While it’s naïve for any podiatrist to think that women will stop wearing high-heels altogether, perhaps there is hope that women will instead pay closer to attention to the shoes they’re wearing and make changes if they are experiencing foot pain, such as:

  • Changing to a shoe with a wider toe box and shorter heel
  • Rotating the types of shoes they wear
  • Wearing high-heels that offer decent arch and heel support

If you’re experiencing chronic foot pain, it’s probably due to more than just high-heels. Although changing to better footwear will help, you should be evaluated by a qualified podiatrist to find out if it’s something more serious and the recommended treatment options.

If you’re visiting or living in the New York area, contact a podiatrist in NYC at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should the treatment.

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Topics: News, Ankle Pain, Injuries