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The Painful Truth About High Heels

Posted by on Monday, January 23rd, 2012

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If you wear high heels all day long, and are on your feet, you know they can take their toll. That’s why it’s not uncommon to see women walking barefoot with their designer shoes stuffed in a handbag or stashed under their desk at the office. And one group of working professionals knows the pain of high heels better than anyone, auto show models.

This weekend the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich., wrapped up after an estimated 771,000 people shuffled through to see the auto industry’s 500 hottest cars. Hundreds of auto show models staffed the floor, including Fiat 500 Abarth model Samantha Skowronek, who wore five-inch stiletto heels.

On an average day, she’s on her feet about four to nine hours. And for about nine months out of the year, she travels from one auto show to the next around the U.S. She knows wearing those five-inch heels stops people in their tracks, but she’s also learned that her feet need a lot of pampering.

source: Reuters

But you don’t have to be an auto show model to know there’s a price to pay for wearing high heels for a day at the office or night out. A recent study at Iowa State University found that wearing high heels on a regular basis increases your risk for joint degeneration and knee osteoarthritis. Researchers also found that wearing heels, especially two inches or higher, can alter your posture and strain your lower back.

If you feel compelled to wear heels, choose a style with heels two inches or smaller in size. Kick off the heels when you have a chance to rest your feet. And when you’re not in heels, wear shoes with solid support to give your feet a rest from those heels. Your feet will thank you, and so will the rest of your body.

If you need help with foot pain caused by high heels, contact Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine LaiDr. Ryan Minara at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.

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If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.