Monday, 06 July 2015 00:00

Increase in Morton’s Neuroma Due to High Heels

feet3In the past decade, the number of people diagnosed with Morton’s neuroma has doubled and many are placing the blame on high heels. Accordingly, women are nearly eight to ten times more likely to have Morton’s neuroma, especially if wearing high heels above two inches. High heels have become increasingly problematic because the shoe pushes the toe bones against the nerves where neuromas are most likely to develop.


High heel have a history for causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet contact Dr. Moshe Hillel of Advanced Foot Care NY. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.


Effects of High Heels on the Feet


High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity. Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.


What parts 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. Also, 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; you can buy either full inserts or metatarsal pads.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


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