Posts for tag: high heels
Many people suffer from bunions. Bunions are one of the most common foot ailments our podiatrists treat. Although men do suffer from bunions, women are much more likely to develop this type of foot deformity.
What is a bunion?
So, what is it? A bunion is a "bump" on the outer edge of your big toe and forms when bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. This misplaced bone or tissue will force the big toe to bend inward towards the others, causing a lump of bone on the foot to protrude outward causing that area to become sore. The joint where the lump forms carries a lot of the body's weight while walking, therefore, if a bunion is left untreated this area may become stiff or extremely painful for a person.
There is no one specific cause of bunions, but you can start by blaming genetics. Bunions tend to run in families and are caused by the foot type that is passed down from one generation to the next. If flat feet, low arches, arthritis or inflammatory joint disease can be used to describe your foot, you could develop a bunion.
Genetics aren't the only culprit, as footwear can play a role in bunion formation too! Shoes that are too tight or cause the toes to squeeze together can also be to blame. This is why women are more prone to forming bunions than men.
Who can help?
We can! Our podiatrists at DM Foot and Ankle are true experts when it comes to treating bunions both surgically and non-surgically. If you have a bunion and want to know where you stand, the best first step is to call our office at (630) 863-7517 and schedule an appointment to have one of our doctors evaluate it, take x-rays and discuss the best treatment option for you. We treat feet of all sizes and proudly serve Lemont, Lockport, Homer Glen, Orland Park and all surrounding communities!
“With an increase of women in the workforce, there is a corresponding increase in overuse injuries and chronic foot pain. Custom dress orthotics are an essential part of the treatment plan for women’s foot injuries. It takes time, education and patience to deal with women’s dress shoes.”
Custom orthotics are prescription inserts that are specially made to support and comfort your feet. They are designed for your unique foot structure and pathology by a podiatrist.
Orthotic devices come in many shapes, sizes, and materials and fall into three main categories: those designed to change foot function, those that are primarily protective in nature, and those that combine functional control and protection.
While many people wear orthotics for gym shoes or walking shoes, dress orthotics are just as important for those standing on their feet all day in a professional environment! Orthotics are available for many types of dress shoes! They can generally be worn in closed shoes with a heel height under two inches. Combinations of semi-flexible material and soft material can accommodate painful areas and are utilized for specific problems.
Be sure to get your pair of custom orthotics soon! At DMFA, we have an orthotics special going on this month only! Call our office for details!
Fancy dresses, suits and ties, high heels and dress shoes. Prom Season is upon us, and it’s almost time to get all dolled up for the big day. But before you do, it’s important to keep some tips in mind:
- When picking out the proper heels, be sure to get a wider heel that is no more one to two inches in height.
- Wedges can be a good compromise between tall stiletto heels and flats.
- Make sure that the shoes you choose are comfortable, since you will be wearing them all night.
It can be tempting to join the trend of dancing barefoot or taking off painful heels at the end of the night, but doing this can be a bit risky. Things like foot fungus and warts are rampant after prom season because of the massive exposure on the dance floor. Since there will undoubtedly be ladies (and guys) who take off their shoes at prom, make sure to check your feet about one month after prom for unusual growths like warts. If you choose to avoid the barefoot route, bring an extra pair of flats or socks to change into so you can dance the night away pain free!
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.
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
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!