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The “Flatform” shoe, a hybrid between flats and platforms, is a hot button fashion item endorsed by many celebrities. Famous faces including Miley Cyrus, Kate Bosworth, and Willow Smith have been spotted wearing a pair of flatforms.

They may be fashionable, but the wide array of health risks makes these shoes rather ugly. The feet and ankles move in dangerous, unnatural ways as a result of the combination of the inflexibility of the footwear and the extra height it brings. Many flatform shoe wearers, including a writer for Vogue, claim flatforms caused tears or ruptures in the ligaments in their lower limbs.

High heels may make you look good, but your feet certainly won’t feel good. If you wear high heels a lot and are experiencing foot pain, call podiatrist Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can diagnose any podiatric conditions that you have and help you get the care you need.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems. Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. 

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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