Don't Let High Heels Cause Foot Pain To Ruin Your Holidays

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Posted on Dec 09, 2011
Houston podiatrist treats foot pain caused by high heelsThe holiday season is upon us and out come the celebratory high heeled shoes to all of the holiday parties. Consistently wearing high heels can lead to problems, however.

As the heel is raised by shoes, pressure is moved forward onto the midfoot and the ball of the foot. This excess pressure can lead to pain in the joints of the midfoot and forefoot, which can lead to arthritis, and can make certain foot deformities, such as bunions and hammertoes, worse. The pressure in the forefoot can also cause an inflammation of the nerves, known as a Morton's neuroma.

Constantly raising the heel can also lead to strain and shortening of the calf muscles and achilles tendon. This can lead to painful conditions such as plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonitis. These conditions will not only cause pain when you wear high heels, but all shoes be painful.

One way to combat issues caused by high heels is to stretch out the muscles in the calf. Rolling a Thera-Band foot roller, especially when frozen, will stretch out the muscles under the foot and the cold will reduce the inflammation.

Preventing foot pain should be top of your holiday list. If you find it difficult and painful to stand at your holiday parties, contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider to see how it can be solved quickly and easily.
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.