Oscars-style footwear

Since Sunday's ceremony, the Oscars have been talked about everywhere from E! News to morning talk shows to Facebook and folks around the water cooler.

 

This year's ceremony lent itself to plenty of memorable moments – from the “Oscar selfie” starring Bradley Cooper, Meryl Steep, Jennifer Lawrence and other A-listers that host Ellen DeGeneres shared on Twitter to John Travolta introducing “Frozen” singer Idina Menzel as “Adela Dazeem” to traditional talk about the fashions, this year's ceremony became an instant part of pop culture.

 

As usual, many celebrities wore long gowns paired with tall high heels. While the fashions are always debated, as podiatrists, we know for sure that sporting Oscar-style shoes on a regular basis is a less-than-glamorous way to treat your feet.

 

That's because humans are naturally meant to walk heel-to-toe with legs at roughly a 90-degree angle to the foot. High heels alter the position of the foot and how it functions. In short, that means problems can happen.

 

For one, the shoes can cause corns to develop under the balls of the foot where body weight presses down – for some women, this can create the sensation of stepping on small stones as they walk.

 

Meanwhile, pointy high heels that squeeze the toes can lead to neuromas (in essence, pinched nerves;) tightening of the Achilles tendon (the band that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone;) severe heel pain and even stress fractures or cracks in the bones of the foot.

 

At DM Foot and Ankle, my colleague, Dr. Michelle Kim, and I advise women to avoid wearing tall high heels and stilettos. However, we know that some ladies have jobs that require dressy shoes or are reluctant to give up high heels. In these situations, we suggest a bigger, chunkier heel or wedge to lessen the chance of ankle sprains or injuries. We also offer supportive inserts that can fit into many heels and dress shoes.

 

If you are suffering from pain from high heels or stilettos, or are interested in getting inserts for your dress shoes, call our Lemont office. We can help with any pain or problems and help you protect your feet so you can enjoy everyday life – and maybe get out there and see a few new Oscar-winning movies!

 

By Diana Emini

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