High Heels: Bliss vs Agony

 

By: aG |Spunky Seniors Club® |February 2017


Are your High Heels causing you Health Problems at Age 50+?

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A little bit of history about cute high heels. High heels supposedly were invented by a woman who had once been kissed on the forehead. Hence, as someone who is 5ft, 5in tall, and has a weakness for men over 6ft ~ she has been permanently attached to heels for more than 20 years ~ way before Sex and the City made footwear a fetish ~ asserts the Telegraph.  

Here are seven possible health problems to watch out for when wearing high heel shoes according to Dr. Paul Mackarey of Mackarey & Mackarey Physical Therapy.

  1. Lower Back Pain 
  2. Hip and Knee Pain 
  3. Blisters, Corns or Calluses 
  4. Metatarsalgia/Neuromas 
  5. Balance Problems/Ankle Sprains 
  6. Adaptive Achilles Shortening/Tendonitis
  7. Pump Bump/Hammertoe/Big Toe Drift

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Tips for Wearing Heels at 50+

According to an article in the HuffingtonPost on how to wear high heels after 50 and feel fabulous … even with foot problems — these tips will help you keep your heels on a little while longer.

As Dr. Mackarey said, change it up! Make sure you have a variety of shoes from flats to heels and change it up daily.  A ½ to ¾ inch heel is ideal.  Anything higher than this will land you in the category of stilettos.

An expert at Baylor College of Medicine asks the question; what do high heels and dessert have in common? You shouldn’t overindulge in either of them.  You should treat high heels like a dessert, saving them only for special occasions, says Dr. Jason Ahuero, assistant professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor University.

Benefits of Wearing a Lower Heel 

Ahuero suggests 2-to 2-and-a-half inch heels rather than 4-inch heels, because they put less pressure on your forefoot. He also suggests wearing a thicker heel rather than a narrower heel, such as a stiletto, for added stability and because even though it may make you look taller than a thicker heel, you are not.

He also notes that very high heels may contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Morton’s neuroma, a nerve irritation at the ball of the foot, can also be a source of pain for those who wear high heels regularly.

Ahuero also says that if foot pain lasts longer than a few days, a visit to the doctor may be in order.


Before shopping for shoes? Read this shoe buying guide and . . .


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