Holiday parties are all about sparkle and for many women that means cocktail dresses, bling and an elegant pair of high heels. Unfortunately, what looks great in the evening, often doesn’t feel good in the morning, especially when it comes to high heels. As a Canadian Certified Pedorthist, I’ve treated patients with foot, back and knee injuries that have stemmed from high heels and I often get asked if it’s possible to wear high heels to a party without suffering the following day and beyond.
High heels cause pain because they unnaturally force your weight onto the ball of your foot, a part of the body that is not designed to bear weight for an extended period. The pain is compounded as raising your heel shortens your calf muscles which forces the muscles in your knees, hips, pelvis and lower back, to work harder than normal to stop you from falling forward. The higher the heel the more your body is forced to compensate.