High heels have long been a piece of classic attire worn by women in the workplace. However, no matter how attractive these shoes might be, they are not the best option for your feet. If you value the health of your feet, it's time to ditch your heels and reach for flats instead. Here are three reasons why:
You can slow the progression of bunions.
Bunions, which are outgrowths of the joint that connects your big toe to your foot, have several possible causes. One of the most common causes is wearing high heels, which put increased pressure on the forefoot and big toe. Even if high heels don't directly cause your bunions, they may make them a lot worse. Bunions can be managed with orthotics and splints for a while, but if they get too bad, they may require surgical correction. It's far easier to ditch your heels now than to face bunion surgery down the road.
You can prevent heel spurs.
Heel spurs occur when a bony projection forms on the bottom of the heel. They are often associated with plantar fasciitis, a very painful condition that causes the tissues in the bottom of the foot to tighten up. Both of these conditions are hard to treat. Ice, rest, and physical therapy can help, but many patients still take months or years to get rid of their symptoms--especially if they continue to wear high heels throughout the time. If your heels and the bottom of your foot still feel okay now, stop wearing your heels before that changes.
You can prevent corns and calluses.
Corns and calluses form when shoes put too much pressure on a certain part of the foot, while also rubbing on that part of the foot. While any type of shoes can cause corns and calluses if they do not fit well, high heels are more likely to cause these ailments. You may develop them on the tops of toes or the front of your toes, in particular. Corns and calluses are not as serious as the other ailments discussed in this article, but they can be unattractive and make you embarrassed to show your feet in public. They can also become warm and sore after you spend a long day on your feet.
There are plenty of attractive, comfortable dress shoes without heels. Head to the shoe store and purchase yourself a few pairs to replace your heels. Your feet will thank you! Talk to a podiatrist, like High Desert Foot & Ankle Clinic - Wonsik Y Bollmann DPM, if you have more questions.Share