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You may feel on top of the world when you’re out and about sporting a new pair of heels and a fashionable handbag. By the time you get home, though, you can’t wait to put down that bag and kick those cramp-inducing shoes as far off your feet as possible. There’s a reason for this.
“It's called a ‘high heel hangover’,” said Kevin Burroughs, MD, CAQSM, medical director of Sports Medicine & Injury Care at Carolinas HealthCare System. “The challenge about looking fashionable and feeling comfortable is that [the two are] not mutually exclusive.”
Fortunately, there are a few simple changes you can make to alleviate pain while staying fashionable.
Heels That Harm
“Feet are not triangular,” said Dr. Burroughs, who often traces an outline of his patients’ bare feet before placing their pointy-toed heels on top of the outline to show how poorly they fit.
Because high heels prop the heel up unnaturally, your feet are forced to point down, putting an enormous amount of pressure on small, fragile bones and joints.
Short term, increased friction because of unnatural foot position can cause blisters and corns. Over time, wearing heels can lead to the development of bunions, hammer toe, a shortened Achilles tendon or “pump bumps.”
Wearing high heels can also lead to knee and back problems because they cause the wearer’s pelvis to tilt forward, placing more stress on the glutes, lower back and abs.
To avoid problems from high heels:
Heavy handbags cause fewer injuries than high heels, but they, too, can cause pain. “You can get muscle strains around the shoulder and neck,” Dr. Burroughs said. “The larger the volume, the more strain.”
To avoid neck and shoulder strains:
Don’t Suffer for Fashion!
Dr. Burroughs or one of our other board-certified physicians at Sports Medicine & Injury Care can diagnose and treat your back or foot pain. Eight Sports Medicine & Injury Care centers are conveniently located throughout the community and offer same-day appointment scheduling. To schedule an appointment, call 704-863-HURT or visit our website.