A good friend of mine just let me know about a story that was on Good Morning America today. The breakfast show had a great interview with Lauren Sherman, a fashion writer who has decided to completely stop wearing high heels, despite the fact that they are the go-to footwear choice in her industry.
Apparently, she made her decision right before the 2012 New York Fashion Week; she was still recovering from an ankle sprain, and just didn’t think she could face putting herself through torture just to wear a pretty pair of heels.
Rather than being a one-time decision made of desperation, Sherman turned her choice into a new mantra for women’s foot health, even publishing an essay on Elle.com titled: “Why I’ll Never Wear Heels Again.”
As a Houston podiatrist, I say hats (or heels) off to Sherman for making this decision; choosing to forego heels will not only improve her own foot health, but she may inspire others to choose safer footwear as well. When women wear high heels frequently, they change the normal functioning of their feet, putting undo pressure on their muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. Wearing heels every day can cause even more serious problems, potentially shortening the Achilles tendon, making you more susceptible to a potentially devastating injury there. Not to mention the fact that tottering around on little spikes can throw off your balance and make you more likely to fall or twist your ankle, just like Sherman did prior to saying good-bye to heels.
With all those risk factors to consider, maybe you should think about joining Sherman in her decision to say farewell to high heels. If you’re not quite ready to do that, at least cut down the frequency of excursions in heels and, if possible, the height of the heels you choose when you do need to wear them. You won’t be alone in that decision; despite high-heels being a nearly $5 billion/year industry, sales of flats are up at least 4% this year. Hopefully some of those smart buyers are my always-savvy Tanglewood Foot Specialists patients.