Do you love wearing high heels that your shoe boxes already take up a big part of your closet? If high heels are an integral part of your life, there’s a big chance you already have foot pain by now. Unlike the Hollywood actresses that run with high heels on, wearing high heels in real life can kill your legs and feet. You’re lucky if it hasn’t yet because it means you might have been taking good care of your feet.
What Experts Say
Experts say that women love high heels and can’t seem to let go of their shoes. However, if you wear high-heeled shoes regularly, you may experience foot pain and other foot problems. High heels don’t only cause foot problems, but can also exacerbate existing ones. Wearing high heels all the time can lead to bunions, corns, and calluses. The problem can be more serious as well, like hammertoes or metatarsalgia that causes severe pain in the ball of foot.
Despite the risk of having different foot problems, women still refuse to say good-bye to their high heels. According to a survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association, 42% of women admitted that they would still wear a shoe that they liked even if it gave them some sort of discomfort. Also, a whopping 72% of the respondents admitted that they already have a shoe-related foot problem.
So how can you avoid foot pain? Doctors say that if you really need to wear high heels, there a few precautions that you should follow. You also have to catch the problem early on.
What You Should Know About Foot Pain and High Heels
Whenever you wear tight shoes that constrict the foot’s natural shape, you are bound to have foot pain. However, when you add high heels, the pain can easily escalate to damage.
Tight shoes already restrict the foot; wearing high-heeled shoes increases the weight on the part of the foot that’s already restricted. This means that you’re not just crushing your toes, but you’re also putting weight on them.
Experts say that the most common problems caused by wearing tight, high-heeled shoes are painful bunions – bony bumps that jut out at the base of your big toe and change the shape of the foot. High heels do not cause bunions, but they can aggravate this bony bumps.
Also, those who have bunions have a displaced bone on the big toe joint, changing the way the foot moves. If the foot is then placed in a high-heeled shoe and moved forward, there is increased pressure on the displaced bone and the bunion pain becomes worse.
It is also common for women who wear high heels every day to have corns and calluses. These thick layers of dead skin are usually seen on the toes or sides of the foot. They are actually your body’s way of protecting your feet and defending it against assault. In this case, your shoes are your enemy. Once you begin developing corns and calluses or ingrown toe nails, the problem is usually caused by the pressure brought by ill-fitting shoes.
In people with hammertoes, wearing high heels can intensify the pain and problem. A hammertoe is a condition where the bone of a toe curls under. A tight, high-heeled shoe can easily rub against the top of the affected toe, causing extreme pain.
It appears like there’s a price you have to pay for wearing high heels. Experts have already said that these shoes are not the best footwear out there. But if you can’t say good-bye to them just yet, the least you can do is try to avoid foot pain from high heels.