Cramming your feet into pointy-toed high-heels shoes can lead to a laundry list of foot problems:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Neuroma (a tingling, burning or numbness in the foot)
- Over time, heels can tighten and shorten your Achilles tendon
- Muscle Spasms
- High Heels can throw your body out of alignment out of whack.
“Your feet are the foundation for your independence. When you walk in heels, you change your center of balance,” says Dr. Jennifer L Flo, DPM, podiatrist in Dayton, Ohio. “Wearing high heels your feet, due to gravity, slide forward into the shoe and transfer your body weight on the balls of your feet.“
Dr. Flo continues, “This off balance walking causes your pelvis to tilt forward and to compensate, you lean backwards, increasing the arch in your lower back, which puts a strain on your lumbar spine, hips, and knees. The higher the heels, the greater the strain.”