Ladies… love your high heels? The higher the better, right? WRONG. Although high heels are pretty, and fashionable, it is important to wear heels no higher than 2 ½ inches. Why, you ask? Unfortunately, heels higher than 2 ½ inches can cause problems with the feet, ankles, and back! Many ladies do not realize this when choosing their fabulous footwear to party in. With examples such as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City to emulate, women often make bad footwear choices. So many designers make high heels with heights of 3, 4 and sometimes even 5 inches! While this appeals to fashionistas, especially those with short statures, it is smart to keep the heel height under 3 inches! Do yourself a favor and heed this advice, as you may save yourself a visit to the doctor.
Dr. Scott McKinney and his staff of six board certified doctors treat many foot, and ankle afflictions caused by wearing too-high heels, over too-long periods of time. Usually a good rule of thumb is not only to limit the heel height you wear, but the length of time you are wearing them! Now, this is not always possible, especially at formal functions. A helpful hint to alleviate foot and ankle pressure when wearing high heels is to place orthotics in the shoes to provide cushion. Also, if possible, bring a pair of flats with you, and switch out when your feet start to hurt! You can save yourself a lot of future aggravation by doing so.
Some examples of feet and ankle problem we treat that are caused by high heels are:
- Sprains and strains of the foot and ankles
- Severe blisters
- Chronic pain and nerve damage
- Swelling, bursitis, even pain in the Achilles tendon
- Bony protrusions and muscle inflammation
Chronic stress to the foot bones can even lead to hairline fractures!
So, if you are suffering from any of these problems, you are in luck, as we can help. McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A. has 8 convenient locations in the Houston area to provide relief. Call us at the location that is most convenient to make an appointment, and relief is in your future! In the meantime, stay away from those stilettos, and you will party without the pain!