heel-painOleg Mikheyev, a member of the Russian Parliament, has proposed a national ban on shoes with heels taller than five centimeters. “The harmful effects of wearing extremely high heels and flat shoes have now been recognized by experts of the entire world,” he wrote of his plan. “It’s time to change this trend.”

While Mikheyev claims that his motive is to protect the podiatric health of the Russian people, some have speculated that his idea is actually a misogynistic attempt to control what women in his country wear. In fact, there are rumors that some women are planning to purposefully wear tall high heels if the ordinance is passed to demonstrate their displeasure with the government’s actions.

Although Mikheyev’s plan is probably just a thinly veiled attack against feminism, he sort of has a point about the health effects of high heels. If you wear high heels a lot and are experiencing foot pain, call podiatrist Dr. James C. Ricketti, DPM of Hamilton Square. Dr. Ricketti 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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