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November 2014

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Foot Friendlier High Heels

Be sensitive about high heels

I spend a lot of time educating my patients about footwear that is appropriate for them and dress shoes, especially high heels, are one of the hot topics. I love shoes and I wear high heels but as a foot care professional I know the damage they can cause so I wear them in moderation and I always take into account my individual foot mechanics. When it comes to counseling my patients about dress shoes, I tell them to follow the same advice; be sensitive about how much time they are wearing high heels and consider their own foot shape and limitations.

If you wear high heels to a job where you will be sitting at your desk and only doing limited walking throughout the day, high heels are not as big an issue. However, if your job requires you to stand on your feet most of the day or your trip to work involves a lot of walking you need to be very careful when you wear high heels.

Leisure activities can be tipping point

Often the tipping point that brings patients into my clinic for treatment of their foot and lower limb pain is their leisure activity. Not surprisingly when patients learn the activity or sport they do for their physical and mental health has pushed them into an injury state they are frustrated, because what they love to do has helped injure them and also because they have been sidelined from their activity. This was definitely the case with Jennifer, one of the patients I have treated for the last six years.