Women should think twice before buying their next pair of high
heels or pumps. Nearly 64 percent of women who reported hind
foot pain regularly wore these types of shoes at some point in
their life, say researchers. The study in the US is one of the
first to examine the association between shoes and foot pain.
The researchers, who analysed foot-examination data from more
than 3,300 men and women, say past shoe wear among women is a
key factor for hind foot pain. However, they found no
significant link between foot pain and the types of shoes men
corns, calluses, bunions and ingrown toenails are the health
problems high heels can inflict on your feet, warns doctor, an
exercise physiologist and associate professor of physical
Foot pain, foot deformities, changes in back
posture, knee osteoarthritis and balance impairment(which
increases the risk of falling) are additional ills linked to
spike heels. Doctor recommendation to women is simple : Don't
wear high heels.
Here are some tips from doctor :
1. Uncomfortable footwear can cause plantar fasciitis. That's
a common pain in the back of the foot caused by small tears and
inflammation of the tendons and ligaments that stretch from the
heel to the ball of the foot. That pain can be reduced by
stretching the tendon and taking anti-inflammatory drugs.
2. Narrow high heels and pointed shoes can
cause bunions. Pointed toe shoes put pressure on the foot and
force the toes into unusual angles. Orthotics or donut-shaped
cushions can help ease the pressure.
3. Narrow footwear can also cause hammertoes.
That's a permanent deformity of the toe joint. If left
untreated, the tendons contract and stiffen, causing a claw-like
shape. Buy shoes or sandals that have a deep, wide toe area.
Many people with hammertoe can relieve pain by putting a toe pad
in their shoes. But surgery may be necessary if the deformity is
serious and painful.