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Wearing High Heels May Cause Ingrown Toenails

A common foot condition that can develop from frequently wearing high heels is ingrown toenails. Despite the pain and discomfort this ailment can cause, many women continue to wear this type of shoe and choose to suffer through the pain. When these types of shoes are worn, pressure can be exerted on the toes, possibly preventing the toenails from growing properly. Additionally, this may cause the nail to puncture the skin, and an infection may ensue. Ingrown toenails may be managed when high heels must be worn by refraining from wearing tight hosiery and soaking the feet in lukewarm water. Patients who have diabetes may need to pay extra attention if they have developed an ingrown toenail. It is beneficial to temporarily stop wearing the high heels that caused the toenail to become ingrown, and an infected ingrown toenail may require minor surgery for relief. If you wear high heels and have developed an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact James Pak, DPM from California. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Anaheim, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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