It’s no secret that high heels are very in for Spring 2011. And it’s
also no secret that high heels are not great for your feet. But many women
the world over love them because they provide an instant full-body makeover
and image boost. Women are instantly taller with improved posture and
increased self-confidence. But at what price to their feet? Wearing high
heels all the time or frequently cramming your toes into them can cause
a variety of foot problems:
: According to the
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, nine out of ten bunions happen to women and are mostly caused by wearing
shoes that are too small. The base of the big toe gets larger and sticks
out. The skin over the bunion can become red and tender from rubbing against
the shoe. As the bunion gets bigger, it causes the big toe to angle in
towards the second toe and it can eventually tuck under the second toe.
At this point, wearing any shoe can be extremely painful and some women
will need surgery to find relief.
: A hammer toe is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toes where
the toe is bent at the middle joint. They are usually caused by a combination
of wearing ill-fitting shoes and a muscle imbalance. When toes are forced
into a shoe with a narrow toe end, they are forced into a flexed position
The higher the heel, the more the foot is forced into the toe-end of the
shoe which squishes the toes against the shoe, increasing the pressure
and the bend in the toe. Over time, the toe muscles become unable to straighten.
Corns and calluses can also develop on the bent joint area.
- Foot pain and
: Morton's neuroma is a painful swelling of the nerve between the third
and fourth toes, usually in response to irritation, trauma or excessive
pressure. The incidence of Morton's neuroma is 8 to 10 times greater
in women than in men. As the foot is pushed forward into the crammed toe
area of a shoe with the body full weight of your body focused in this
area, inflammation can occur, often resulting in a neuroma.
But don’t throw out all your high heel shoes just yet. Follow these
simple guidelines to avoid foot problems:
don’t wear high heels every day – instead, alternate with flats
or heels one inch high or less
- don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day – by alternating
between different shape shoes, your feet and toes will not be subjected
to the same pressure points everyday
limit the length of time your feet are forced into high heels and tight
Better yet, consider the new footwear
Alice Alan designs and manufactures shoes with luxurious fabrication, attention to
detail and a sleek silhouette. All painstakingly handcrafted and reflective of the
season’s hottest looks. Optimal cushioning and arch support are incorporated into the very foundation
of each design to minimize stress and fatigue on your feet and body. With
Alice Alan, you'll always put your best foot forward.