What heels are actually doing to your feet | The Podiatrist and your feet

wearing stiletto shoes cause foot, ankle, knee, hip and lower back problems

While wearing high heels may make you feel like a supermodel, the damage they do to your feet is immense.

And experts have given plenty of reasons why women should avoid killer high heels (pun intended). Podiatrists say that by wearing towering stilettos, women are altering the position of their feet and how the feet should function.

Problems associated with heels:
A common problem is the formation of unsightly calluses and painful corns, which are those hard nuggets of keratin build-up caused by pressure on the skin.
High heels squeeze your toes and cause capsulitis — an agonising inflammation of the joints where the toes attach to the foot and cause pinched nerves.
Women who habitually wear high heels have an increased chance of suffering from Achilles tendonitis, which is caused by extra stretching of the Achilles tendon when you remove your shoes and the heel comes down to the floor.
High heels are also known to cause inflammation of the connective tissue at the bottom of the foot — the plantar fascia.
When you wear heels above three inches, your foot slides forward, cramming your toes and redistributing your weight incorrectly. This weight on your toes causes the body to tilt forward, and to balance, one tends to lean backwards, and ends up overarching the back.

This creates an incorrect posture that puts strain on the knees, hips, and lower back. This can put pressure on your nerves in the back and can cause a condition called sciatica, where the nerves become trapped and a numbing pain travels all the way to the feet.
Contact The Podiatrist if you have any foot problems.


About Your feet and podiatry with Caron Orelowitz | Registered Podiatrist - Auckland

Caron Orelowitz was born in Johannesburg and emigrated to New Zealand in 1997. She studied Podiatry at The Witwatersrand Technikon and was in private practice in South Africa for a few years, before setting off to ‘the other side of the world’. Auckland Podiatry. Since 1998 she has been helping people of all ages who have problems with their feet, from the elderly, to sports people, and those who just want some TLC for the feet. At present she has 5 practices (with a satellite Diabetes Practice out West Auckland), owns a children’s shoe shop (Scooters in Remuera), and tries to fit in some exercise when time permits. Caron is an active member of Podiatry New Zealand (NZ), and holds the position of Treasurer for the Auckland Branch, as well as representing the Northern Region on the Executive Council. She is registered under HPCAA (Health Practitioner Competency Assurance Act), and is often seen attending (and organizing) Seminars and workshops. Caron has a special interest in Paediatrics and can often be seen on the floor showing children some exercises. ACC registered Discounts for Super Gold Card Holders, members of Grey Power and Green Prescription participants. www.thepodiatrist.co.nz www.yourfeet.co.nz

Posted on July 3, 2013, in Contact a Podiatrist, What is a Podiatrist, Your feet. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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