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As you may be planning to wear heels this Valentine’s Day, here is some advice to consider from a foot and ankle specialist.
All feet and people are unique and will therefore be prone to different types of problems and symptoms. However, the main factors to consider when wearing heels include heel-height, heel-width (contact area), toe box space and your foot type.
Shoes vary in heel-height from a smart shoe with a 1cm heel, to a stiletto 6 inch heel or beyond. The heel-height affects the intensity of forces that act on the foot, the function, and foot position in a couple of ways:
You will need to consider the amount of forefoot pressure that will be generated, as well as the stability of your ankles. You generally increase the risk of ankle inversion injury and forefoot pressure symptoms with increased heel-height.
Heeled shoes come in different heel shapes, which offer different levels of stability:
Choose your heels wisely, look after your feet, and enjoy yourselves.
Get in touch if you would like some advice or an assessment:
Written by Steven Thomas – Podiatrist, on behalf of Podogo
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Thoughts and advice on foot health care from the Podogo team.