High Heels: The Known and Less Known Dangers and how to Avoid Them

It is no secret that the world of fashion condemns any footwear that does not have a semblance of a heel. From Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, to the thousand of other style icons today, if you want to be in, you must don the stiletto.

But what happens when the medical world scorns this choice and gives a thousand viable reasons why you should avoid the highly damaging practice of walking around on socially appropriate stilts?

Dr. Jose Loor, owner and founder of De Loor Medical, and a practicing surgical podiatrist, has a lot to say on this topic. In his practice he has found that wearing high heels lead his patients to experience ankle trauma, lateral ankle instability, osteochondral fractures, bunions, and it is the leading cause of the under-diagnosed chip fractures (a subject covered in an earlier article).

Ever walked down the street, feeling on point when suddenly your ankle gave out and you were forced to walk it off with burning cheeks, unsure of what hurts more, your ankle or your pride? That is unfortunately, according to Dr. Loor, a very common occurrence as well as a strong indication of an increase in ankle instability.

When asked what we could do as a compromise because, let’s face it, losing our heel wearing privilege is out of the question in this day and age, Dr. Loor advised the following:

“When wearing high heels you are mainly putting a large amount of stress on the peroneal nerve. Consequently, to avoid damage, you should do peroneal strengthening exercises.”

Dr. Loor works with physical therapists to target this exact problem as well as shows his patients this preventative measure as a part of his treatment plan. He strongly advises to seek professional medical intervention before any of the possible damage can occur.

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