High heels: are they worth the pain?

Ever wondered the effects of high heels on your feet and body?

Often painstakingly selected to complete outfits, high heels put stress not just on feet, but on ankles, knees and backs, contributing to the approximately $3.5 billion spent annually in the United States for women’s foot surgeries, which cause them to lose 15 million work days yearly.

The effects of high heels on the body

Orthopedic & Spine Therapy can help with your foot and heel pain.  Physical therapy can help, two other things that can help to minimize pain and discomfort: orthotics and appropriate footwear.  That’s for another blog.


SOURCE: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Apparel & Footwear Association, American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, Mayo Clinic, Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, “Women’s Shoes and Knee Osteoarthritis,” by D. Casey Kerrigan, Jenn.

Blog post courtesy of Main Street Physiotherapy, Vancouver, British Columbia.