Your Health: High Heels
Published April 9th, 2014
You've heard the saying "No Pain, No Gain."
But when it comes to footwear, that's not a great motto.
April is national Foot Health Awareness Month, and while many women may be aware of the pain some shoes can cause, they may not know just how much damage they could be doing.
TV20's Emily Burris explains,high heels could cost more than just sore feet.
Women certainly have a love-hate relationship with heels...
"I'm in a premed society so it's often required for big forums or just meetings."
"Honestly they're not comfortable I can't walk, they hurt and they're just not really my favorite thing to wear."
But when it comes to the ever-popular sky high footwear, they're not only painful, they could be causing you permanent damage.
"You're elevating the back of the foot, and putting more pressure on the front of the foot, and everything is crunching together, that leads to a slew of problems," said DPM Angel Cuesta from North Florida Regional Medical Center.
Those problems include ingrown toenails, bunions, corns and hammertoes.
You can even permanently shorten your achilles tendon.
"This heel cord can get shorter and shorter and shorter and with time, it gets to the point where you can't where anything but a heel, it takes some serious physical therapy and even sometimes having to lengthen the achilles tendon when you're older," said Cuesta.
So is there a safe way to wear heels?
Dr. Cuesta says yes, but look for lower styles and decide when you really need to wear them.
"If you have to wear heels to work, drive walk to your car using something flat, and when you get out of the car at the workplace, put them on, have something in the bag that's a little lower heel, and if you're at a desk then use something a little different throughout the day," said Cuesta.
So used sparingly, a love of fashion won't lead to a lifetime of hurt.
Dr. Cuesta says it's also helpful to take a moment to stretch your calf muscles and feet after you wear heels.
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