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:
- Bunions: 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.
- Hammertoes: 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: 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:
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