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Relieving Ball of Foot Pain From Wearing High Heels

High heels can add elegance and style to any outfit, but they often come with the uncomfortable side effect of pain in the ball of the foot. Fortunately, there are strategies to alleviate this discomfort and enjoy wearing heels more comfortably. This can begin by considering heels with a lower height or platform soles to reduce the pressure on the ball of the foot. Additionally, insert cushioned insoles or gel pads into your shoes to provide extra support and shock absorption. These inserts can help redistribute weight and alleviate pressure points, preventing pain and discomfort. Another helpful tip is to choose shoes with a wider toe box to allow more room for the toes and reduce crowding in the front of the shoe. Additionally, taking breaks from wearing heels throughout the day and stretching the feet and calf muscles can help relieve tension and prevent pain. If you enjoy wearing high heels and are experiencing pain in the ball of the foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with additional relief tips.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from New England Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of 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.  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. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Chelmsford and Newburyport, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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