Whether a low heel or the classic stiletto, high heels have been linked to a variety of painful orthopedic problems. The most common injuries doctors see include heel and arch pain, sprains, and toe injuries.
Long-term problems can be as serious as stress fractures, bunions, hammertoes, and neuromas, all of which can lead to surgery. Before hopping from party to party in five-inch heels, there is information that women need to know to prevent long-term damage to their feet.
Dr. David Levine, Assistant Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, can provide helpful tips to avoid pain and injury from wearing high heels, including the following:
· Why wearing high-heeled shoes puts too much pressure on the balls of your feet and your lower back and how to avoid long-term injuries.
· Which shoe designs and styles might be a stylish (although less vertical) option for women.
· How to avoid the thickening of tissue around the nerves in toes which can cause pain, stinging and numbness.