Start this New Year off the right way!

 

 

Sparkly dresses, party hats, champagne, and glitter. It’s New Years Eve and it’s almost time to get all dressed up for the midnight festivities. Whether you will be attending a family party, downtown with your friends, or at Times Square waiting for the ball to drop, make sure that you are wearing the right shoes tonight!

 

We know that most women will go straight to the high heels and stilettos for special occasions like tonight, and while they may look good, those types of shoes can be very destructive for your feet.  Common problems that high heels cause are:

                   Bunions: High heels cause increased ball of foot pressure that can cause or further the

                                         development of bunions that are usually formed on the side of the big toe.

 

               Hammertoes: Narrow and pointy toe box found on high heeled shoes causes pressure    

                                         on the toes and push them into a bent position that may  become permanent

                                         and rigid over time.

 

               Corns/Calluses: Repeated friction or pressure against the skin and joints of the feet                                                             can cause corns and calluses which may become painful.

 

               Neuroma: Pointy heels can also lead to a thickening of nerve tissue between the third

                                         and fourth toes that can cause pain or numbness.

 

               The Calf: Wearing heels may cause the calf muscles to shorten and tighten, leading to  

                                         heel pain.

 

               Posture: Heels lean the body forward, pushing the hips and spine out of alignment and

                                         increased pressure across the ball of foot and lack of support across the arch.

           

Dr.Kim and I see many women that have one or more of the above problems due to years of wearing heels. Fortunately, we treat these conditions at DM Foot & Ankle Associates, but we try to educate our patients about these problems before they occur, in hopes of evading unnecessary pain, foot deformities, treatment, and surgeries. 

We advise women to avoid pulling out those six inch stilettos tonight, but we know that many are reluctant to give up the high heels and would rather live through the pain in the name of fashion. We’re women, we get it. So, instead of the super uncomfortable stiletto, we suggest going for a lower, chunkier heel or wedge tonight. This will help take some of the pressure off your feet and offer more stability while still looking stylish. Be sure to bring an extra pair of good-quality, oxford-type shoes that can be changed into later on so as to limit the amount of time wearing heels. After a night of high activity in high heels, wear more sensible shoes the following days to give your feet a break.

Be sure to start 2015 off in the right shoes! Happy New Year!

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