Have you ever considered how high heels could impact your workout routine? At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM, we want women to be aware that spending long hours in high heeled shoes can do more than just make your feet sore.
Thrown Off Your Game
When you wear high heels, you put your foot in an abnormal position. Much pressure is put on your forefoot and your toes are forced downward and squeezed together. Problems that arise from this range from minor to major but all can have a negative effect on your ability to exercise. High heel wearers have a higher incidence of blisters, ingrown toenails, corns and calluses. The cramped toe position can also increase the risk of bunions, hammertoes and other deformities. All of these cause pain that can keep you away from the gym and limit other activities.
In addition, your body pitches forward when you are in heels and this requires your calf muscles to work overtime to keep your balance. Sore or tight calf muscles can lead to Achilles tendon and other injuries and inflammations when you then attempt a run or leg exercises. The unnatural posture caused by the body position in high heel wearers can also cause back pain which then limits your weight lifting ability.
Finally, because high heels create instability, ankle twisting sprains and injuries are more prevalent in women who wear them. With each injury the ankles become weaker and the rehabilitation longer. In some cases, injuries will end up requiring surgery. This means a longer period of time away from your regular workout routine.
For many women, the long term effect of wearing high heels is a decreased ability to sustain the workout level they would like for a fit and healthy body and to maintain an appropriate weight.
Protecting your feet actually plays a large role in a healthy and active lifestyle. If you are a woman who consistently chooses high heels we suggest you find ways to reduce or eliminate the time spent in them. Consider saving heels for only special occasions and if you have to walk or take public transportation to your event, wear comfortable shoes to your destination and change when you arrive.
If you find that you are experiencing any pain in your forefoot, ankle, heel or calf that you think may be related to your shoes, make an appointment at our Somers Point office by calling: (609) 927-4894. Our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco will examine your feet and determine if treatment is necessary. The foot doctor can also help recommend shoes that won’t hurt your feet now or in the future.