How Do High Heels Affect My Feet?

August 14th, 2017

Plantar-FasciitisEven though high heels are declining in popularity, for many women they are still their “go to” shoe for formal occasions and work. But despite how fashionable stilettos are, to say that they aren’t very comfortable would be quite an understatement. Many women report pain, calluses, and other symptoms just from wearing pumps. Over the last decade, Dr. Verville has treated thousands of patients for problems directly caused by their use of high heels. In this blog post we want to discuss exactly what high heels do to your feet, toes, ankles, knees, and the rest of your body. If you’re suffering from any kind of pain or discomfort in your feet, it’s probably a good idea to call a foot doctor. Frisco patients can put their whole health in jeopardy by ignoring of foot problems. Give us a call today at (214) 385-8822 and also make sure you check out our Reviews page to see some of the amazing things our patients have to say about Dr. Verville.

High Heels Versus Your Feet

The issue with high heels is that their steep arch crams your feet into a tight, awkward position. As much as you think this does to accent your figure or your outfit, it forces all of your weight onto the small bones on the front of your foot and could lead to a visit to your foot doctor. Frisco patients will want to watch out for the following issues that can result from high heels.

  • Calluses, ingrown toenails, and bunions – All of the pressure on your toes and the front of your feet can cause calluses and painful bumps on the sides of the toes called bunions. Ingrown toenails are also a common problem.
  • Neuroma – Another very serious issue caused by high heels is called Morton’s neuroma. This is a non-cancerous growth of nerve tissue in the ball of the foot. It can cause numbness, tingling, and pain. If you’re experiencing this serious issue, make sure you visit your foot doctor. Frisco patients can call Dr. Verville today to get treatment.
  • Hammertoe – The constant pressure on the bones of the toes can cause them to form a permanent bend. This often happens in the middle joint of the toe and is called hammertoe. When it happens in the third joint (closest to the toenail) it is called mallet toe.
  • Knees – Pumps push your weight forward and this puts your joints out of alignment. Your knees have to work extra hard to compensate for this imbalance.
  • Hips and Back – Finally, because of the imbalance in your feet and knees, your hips and back will also have to shift and compensate which can lead to back pain.

Why Patients Love Dr. Verville

With over a decade of experience and over 1,500 surgical procedures performed, Dr. Verville is a very experienced foot doctor. Frisco patients appreciate that in addition to her incredible and extensive experience, Dr. Verville is committed to developing personal and meaningful relationships with all of her patients. Our patients love how attentive she is to their needs and how well she listens to all of their questions and concerns. Even more importantly, they love how Dr. Verville offers them the absolute latest in treatment methods for their foot, ankle, and leg ailments.

If you’re suffering from any kind of foot, ankle, or knee pain, make sure that you contact our office in Frisco today at (214) 385-8822. We would love to learn more about how we can help you continue your active lifestyle and literally stay on your feet.