Avoiding Pain from High Heels

Many women know the pain that can be caused by walking in high heels. This pain is known as metatarsalgia. Check out these tips from AOFAS to avoid this injury.

 

Some tips on avoiding metatarsalgia and stress fracture:

  • Consider a lower heel height – the higher the heel, the more pressure on the ball of the foot
  • Consider a wider toe box – the more pointed the toe of the shoe, the more crowded the toes will become, and then the more pressure on the ball of the foot
  • Consider using high heels for only a limited amount of time – the more time in high heels, the more pressure on the bones of the feet and the more likely a stress fracture can occur

 

Some tips to improve your stability when wearing high heels:

  • Strengthen your lower leg muscles to improve balance
  • Consider a lower heel height – the higher the heel, the more unstable
  • Consider a heel with a wider sole – the narrower the heel, the more unstable
  • Practice walking in high heels – some shoes require more balance
  • Be cautious when in crowded conditions, when drinking alcohol, and when fatigued

 

Some tips on avoiding the development of bunions and hammertoes:

  • Consider a lower heel height – the higher the heel, the more pressure on the toes, pushing them closer together
  • Consider a wider toe box – the more pointed the toe of the shoe, the more crowded the toes will become, leading to deformity
  • Consider a more open, strappy, sandal-like shoe – these shoes do not push the toes together as much as a pointed toe shoe
  • Consider using high heels for only a limited amount of time – the more time in the high-heels, the more the toes will be damaged

 

 

Some tips to avoid toenail damage when wearing high heels:

  • Consider a lower heel height – the higher the heel, the more pressure on the toes and toenails
  • Consider a wider toe box – the more pointed the toe of the shoe, the more crowded the toes will become, and as a result, the more the toenails will rub on the shoe
  • Consider a more open, strappy, sandal-like shoe – these shoes do not touch the toenails
  • Consider using high heels for only a limited amount of time – the more time in the high heels, the more the toenails will be damaged