Why do people say high heels are "dangerous"?

The reason there is so much controversy about high heels in general is that they can be very unsafe for feet. Studies have shown that women who make a habit of wearing these types of shoes put themselves at risk for serious and potentially permanent damage to their feet, knees, hips and back.

High heels cause a lot of stress to be put on the balls of your feet and create a more unstable foundation for your body. Your gait and posture changes when wearing high heels, which is what can lead to problems in the future. Wearing pointed toe shoes can cause conditions such as bunions to worsen over time.

Toes being crowded and squeezed together can impact the development of hammertoes and corns and also lead to the development of neuromas, a painful condition when nerves are compressed and swell.

Blisters, bursitis, capsulitis, and Achilles tendonitis are also common foot conditions seen in women who wear high heels on a regular basis. The higher heel, the higher the fall and women who wear tall heels are at risk for serious ankle sprains as well.

Dr. Danciger encourages his patients that pain for the sake of fashion really never has a positive outcome in the long run. High heels can be very dangerous to feet even when worn for a small amount of time. Take care of your feet and choose a low-heeled comfortable shoe instead. If you suspect an injury due to wearing high heels, do not hesitate to call our podiatric office for diagnosis and treatment. Call (760) 568-0108 or schedule an appointment online.


Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle