Although they make your feet look good, wearing heels may actually have severe consequences for the health of your feet. NY1's Jill Urban filed the following report.
They're feminine, sexy and offer a whole lot of height.
Many women are high on heels, but they neglect to realize that over-wearing them can be a step in the wrong direction.
"Women do love their high heels, and rightfully so. They make a leg look fantastic. However, there are certain consequences with wearing high heels," says Dr. Thomas Goldman, a podiatrist from Mount Sinai Beth Israel.
Goldman says he often sees those consequences, like hammer toes, bunions, nerve and tendon issues, back pain and arthritis, just to name a few. Even with the fear of surgery, he knows that many women still won't bid those babies farewell. So NY1 stopped by Eneslow Shoes in Manhattan, where he offered some advice on how to have this fashion fix without a problem.
First, the incline is an anatomical disaster, so he says let your foot lay low.
"Stick with a two-inch heel. When you start getting up above that, try and wear a platform type of heel that raises both the front of the foot and the back of the foot. This gives the image of a higher heel. However, it keeps the foot in a more optimal anatomical position," Goldman says.
Try to switch to lower shoes when you can. Also, go to a store where you can be measured for the perfect fit.
"When they get measured for a high heel, they should be measuring from the heel to the ball of the foot, not from the heels to the toes. When they get measured from the heels to the toes, this causes issues with shoe fit, and the comfort drops dramatically," says Goldman.
He also suggests looking for a wider heel that's located directly under the heel for better support and weight distribution. Also, check for cushioning at the ball of the foot and support for the arch.
If all this has you willing to trade in those heels for a pair of flats, you need to be careful, too, because some flats fall flat.
"So on the other end of the spectrum, flat, flat shoes, which don't offer much support, this is not good for the lower back. It strains the arch and can create Achilles tendinitis from another way," says Goldman.
You need to find the right balance, so before you foot the bill for another pair of shoes, just remember the impact they'll have on your feet, because no matter how sexy the shoes, you won't look so sexy if you're hobbling around in them.