Should we stay away from heels forever?
This isn’t all to say that you can never wear your favorite heels, though. Instead, simply keep in mind that this footwear should be worn only on special occasions. Even if you are expected to wear heels for work, consider wearing a more comfortable pair for your commute to and from the office.
As an interesting note, England has recently made it illegal to require women to wear high heels in the workplace. The British consider this to be a health risk, and rightfully so! (You will rarely hear me get political but this is one of the few times a bunch of old white guys made a good policy to improve women’s health.)
The other problem that develops with heels is the progressive and predictable tightening of the Achilles tendon. The enlarged bone or spur irritation is amplified when the tendon is under too much tension (like an overly tightened piano string).
Fashion is a difficult opponent to argue against, so I will channel Dear Abby: If you are wearing damaging shoes to attract someone, maybe that is not the right someone. Your primary footwear should be shoes that are comfortable, offer good cushioning, and provide exceptional support for your arches and heels. They should allow your feet to breathe (important for keeping your feet cool and reducing the risk of fungal infections) and have flexible uppers. If your toes cannot wiggle freely, the shoes are too small and you need a pair that fits better.
If you have developed Haglund’s deformity…
If you have developed Haglund’s deformity, or are experiencing any other chronic foot problem, give our Indianapolis, IN office a call so your go-to foot doc can accurately diagnose the problem and create a treatment plan to properly address it.
In addition to helping you find the right pair of shoes, we also offer comprehensive medical care for a wide range of conditions. The earlier you contact us, the more likely we can address your issues without having to recommend surgery. To schedule your appointment, dial (317) 545-0505 and our staff will be glad to assist.
A little Podiatry Zen -When you have a choice between 2 options, it is just as easy to choose the better.