High Heels and Shoe Related Foot Pain
There was a survey done by the American Podiatric Medical Association that 73% of women wearing high heel shoes will have shoe related foot pain. Shoe related foot pain such as metatarsalgia, achilles tendon, hammertoes, bunions, pump bump, corns, morton’s neuroma, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures and ingrown toe nails. Most of these shoe related foot pain could lead to surgery.
If you have pain in your heel, arch or both then you may have plantar fasciitis. That’s an irritation or inflammation of the band or tough tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes. Usually it hurts worst in the morning when you are getting out of bed. You can feel the pain in your heel or arch. People with plantar fasciitis should wear shoes with good arch support and a cushioned sole.
Heel spurs are another source of heel pain. These are abnormal growths of bone on the bottom of your heel. You can get them from wearing the wrong shoes or from an abnormal walk or posture, or even from activities like running. The spurs may hurt while you are walking or standing. People with flat feet or high arches are more likely to have painful heel spurs. People with heel spurs should wear custom-made insert (orthotic) in the shoe. They should wear shoes that fit well and have shock-absorbing soles. Also wear a cut off heel pad.
Pain and inflammation in the ball of the feet is called metatarsalgia. Ill-fitting shoes are the usual cause. But you might get it from strenuous activity such as running or jumping. You should wear comfortable footwear and try shoe inserts to relieve pressure on the ball of the foot. Morton’s neuroma causes a thickening of the tissue around the nerves between the bases of the toes (usually between the third and fourth toes.) Typically you feel pain, odd sensations or numbness over the ball of your foot. It can be a result of wearing high heels or tight shoes. You should wear shoe inserts to reduce pressure on the nerve. Don’t wear high heel shoes or ones with a narrow toe box. Flat feet or fallen arches happen when the arches of the feet flatten out (often when standing or walking) causing foot pain. Flat feet can be treated with shoe inserts, shoe adjustments or using a walking cane.
A bunion is a bony bulge along the edge of the foot next to the base of the big toe. It’s associated with misalignment of the first toe joint. Anyone can get them, especially if they wear ill-fitting or uncomfortable shoes. Try changing to more comfortable shoes or wearing shoe inserts. If you are still in pain, your doctor may suggest surgery. A hammertoe is your second, third or fourth toe bends at the middle joint, creating a hammer-like appearance. It can come from a muscle imbalance, but it can also be brought on by wearing ill-fitting shoes. Your foot doctor will likely recommend you wear shoes with a wide,deep toe bed. Eventually you might need surgery. Claw toes is when your toe points down or up and is unable to straighten. It is often the result or nerve damage from diseases like diabetes or alcoholism, which weakens the muscles in your foot. Change to better-fitting footwear. Avoid high heels and tight shoes. Also try shoe inserts. Gout which is a form of arthritis can cause pain in the toes. Crystals collect in toe joints, causing severe pain and swelling. The big toe is often affected. Make sure you wear shoes that give extra room and support in the toe box area. Corns are thick buildups of tough skin on a point of irritation or pressure on the foot or toe. Calluses are wider areas of tough skin buildup on the toes or feet. They happen as a result or irritation or pressure. Calluses and corns are generally caused by poor fitting footwear. You should wear better fitting footwear. Also see a podiatrist who can scrap or cut the dry or dead skin from the calluses or corn. Then the podiatrist should suggest using a skin lotion or cream on both foot to soften and smooth-en the dry skin. Sesamoids are the 2 bones near the big toe that are connected by tendons. You get sesamoiditis when the tendons surrounding them become injured and inflamed. It is a form of tendinitis, common with runners and ballet dancers. You should wear low-heeled shoes. Also wear a foot pad under the toe in a comfortable shoe.
Finally, I have a corn on my left foot near my big toe. I see my podiatrist about every two or three months. He scraps or cuts the corn so it wouldn’t irritate me while I am walking. He cuts my toe nails and then puts a skin lotion on both foot to soften the dry skin. I hope this post provided valuable information about high heels and shoe related foot pain. Please write a comment and I will respond as soon as possible.
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