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By Dr. Kayla Emter, DPM
February 14, 2018
Category: Shoes

The High Cost of Wearing High Heels

Dr. Kayla Emter, DPM

High heels are often a Podiatrist’s worst nightmare. Sure the “glass slipper” may fit, but the question to ask is what effects can heels have on my feet? Wearing a high heel can be associated with over a handful of deformities and conditions.

Bunions & Hammertoes: Bunions and hammertoes form due to the change in the usage of our muscles and they change the way we walk. This leads to an alteration in the structure of our foot.

Neuroma: Everyone’s anatomy consists of a nerve bulb in our inner spaces that sends a little nerve to adjacent sides of each toe. These nerve bulbs can become compressed, enlarge and essentially scar down forming what is called a neuroma. This can be very painful and is often relieved when shoes are taken off.

Capsulitis: High heels cause the front of the foot to bear most of our weight. Excess weight and pressure on the forefoot can result in capsulitis, an inflammation of the soft tissue around the joints. People will relate that it feels like stepping on a rock or a wadded up sock.

Ingrown Toenails: High heels cause the foot to gravitate towards the front of the shoe, which is often much narrower. This results in squishing the toes together and increased pressure on the nail beds with the consequences of painful ingrown toenails.

Pump Bump: A haglunds deformity is often referred to as a pump bump due to its origin from wearing heels. The bump is a bony growth to the back of the heel that can be very irritating with the rubbing of shoe gear over the soft tissues covering the bone.

Stress Fractures and fractures: With all of the increased pressure placed on the front of the foot, wearing heels repetitively can set you up for a stress fracture. Heels also cause instability of the ankle allowing for sprains and at its worst, fractures.

Aside from the aforementioned complications of wearing high heels, there are numerous other problems not discussed that heels can cause your feet, not to mention your knees and spine. So, if the slipper fits, tell Prince Charming you’d rather wear a tennis shoe.

If you have any pain caused by your shoes Contact Us at 701-255-3338 to Request an Appointment today.

By Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS
November 03, 2014
Category: capsulitis

Putting the kibosh on capsulitis

By Dylan Hocking, CNA

Capsulitis is one of the most common things Dr. Brian Gale see’s here at the Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic. Basically capsulitis is an inflammation of a joint in your foot. One way to improve capsulitis would be to stop into Happy Soles Footware and get some low heeled dress shoes. By making some slight changes to your every day routines, you might be able to capture capsulitis by the tail! If you really want to dive into some interesting stuff on capsulitis visit our Capsulitis page.  To find out more information about treating capsulitis Contact Us today to set up an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS.

 

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