High Heels Heighten Risk Of Foot Problems   



High Heels Heighten Risk Of Foot Problems

 

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 wear.

Hammertoes, 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 therapy.

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.

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Evelyn



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