What the heel?! It is commonly thought that the way to heal foot pain is by avoiding high heels. Although many foot problems for women are truly caused by those stylish stilettos, many common foot pains can be treated by the prescription “take two Louboutin and call me in the morning”.
Because they squeeze the toes together and put an unnatural load on parts of the forefoot, high heels have a reputation of being terrible to wear. A rarely shared medical truth, Cinderella’s slipper really can lead to a happily ever after. Shoes with slightly higher heels are not only okay, but therapeutic for certain specific foot problems. Common complaints of Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis can feel better when you are dressed to the 9’s. As mentioned above, heels take pressure off of the rear foot and place it on the forefoot. In truth, there are better choices than Jimmy Choo’s shoes to fix your blues, but relief can be found by pumping up the height of your heel.
So the next time you get advised to dump your Diors, make sure the fix isn’t just flats and ask your pump peddling Podiatrist if heels can heal your pain.
At Foot and Ankle Specialists of The Woodlands, we offer treatment options for all work and fashion requirements. One way to offload the weight of high heels is utilizing a specialized orthotic made for high heels. Foot and Ankle Specialists of The Woodlands carries Powerstep Slender Fit Fashion Orthotics for patients whose lifestyle may require heels. Whether for work or simply a stylish need, we can provide you with orthotics to relieve your foot pains while utilizing high heeled shoes.
For questions on pain-free shoe options, orthotics, heel pain or foot pain please contact:
Dr. Marcin N. Vaclaw
Foot and Ankle Specialists of The Woodlands
9191 Pinecroft Drive, suite 150
The Woodlands, TX 77380