What are You Giving Up for Lent?

It might be hard, but giving up heels will be great for your feetWith Mardi Gras behind us, many of my readers will now be focusing on Lent, a time period during which you may be giving up indulgences like sweets or meat, or bad habits like cigarette smoking, at least until Easter.

As a Houston podiatrist, I’d like to make a humble suggestion for you to consider: give up your high heels this year. At first, this might seem like a silly suggestion, but humor me for a minute while I elaborate.

It’s not supposed to be easy to give up something for Lent, and for high-heel addicts, giving up their stilettos will be super tough. Challenge yourself and make it happen by looking at the added benefits of choosing.

Just like candy and cigarettes, wearing high heels regularly is bad for you. These narrow, uneven shoes can exacerbate your bunions; they place pressure on the balls of your feet that can lead to neuromas; they can shorten your Achilles tendon leading to inflammation and damage; they can also throw you off balance and make you more vulnerable to foot and ankle sprains and fractures. Not wearing heels, even for a short time period, could stop the progression and remove the danger of developing these potential problems. 

The more you know about the negative effects of high-heel wearing, the more appealing putting them aside for a bit is likely to become. I’m not suggesting that you stop wearing stilettos forever; I’m merely suggesting that giving them up for a specific time period could give your feet a much needed break and improve your overall health. And who knows; come Easter, your feet may feel so good, you won’t even miss the heels anymore! 

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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