High heels: Look at an X-ray and reconsider wearing them

Foot problems waiting to happen: High-heeled shoes can make a dramatic fashion statement, but can also lead to dramatic foot problems.
Foot problems waiting to happen: High-heeled shoes can make a dramatic fashion statement, but can also lead to dramatic foot problems.Courtesy Frank C. Muller
Years ago on Saturday Night Live, Billy Crystal played a recurring character – Fernando – who loved to say, "It's better to look good than to feel good."

That might be a common attitude with women who choose to wear high-heeled shoes, but foot doctors have some words of caution. They share their concerns in this Washington Post article, which includes a pain-inducing photo of what a foot in high heels looks like when X-rayed. In a high enough heeled shoe, the ball of the foot can be at a 90-degree angle to the rest of the foot. Ouch.

Here's the quick list of foot problems high heels can cause:
• Calluses and corns, caused by weight being borne by a small amount of skin on the foot's bottom.
• Inflammation of connective tissue around the foot.
• Capsulitis, a painful inflammation of the joints where the toes attach to the foot.
• Pinched nerves, where pointy high heels squeeze the toes.
• Stress fractures, or cracks in the bones of the feet.

If the conditions become severe, the incredible pain can be treated with a corticosteroid shot. And doctors can also prescribe lower, wider shoes to relieve the pain.

Still want to keep wearing those hot shoes? Doctors say the best compromise is to wear lower shoes when you're primarily walking and keep the high platforms for less strenuous activity. But to be completely safe and foot healthy, doctors still recommend not wearing heals that are more than two inches high.

Does any of this information change your feelings about fashionable footwear?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Annie1234567890987654321's picture
Annie1234567890987654321 says:

I most DEFINENTELY do not want to wear high heels after reading that article.I probably wouldnt wearthem anyway because...

  • I dont like them
  • I dont have time for them
  • They are too expensive
posted on Wed, 06/19/2013 - 12:07pm
April Gentling's picture
April Gentling says:

Ohh my gosh who would wear those .those are terrable.

-April G.

posted on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 1:18pm
ani's picture
ani says:

hey! I love high heels! I wear them all the time

posted on Sat, 08/17/2013 - 10:34am
tatum's picture
tatum says:

hi heels are the best thing and i think that everyone sould wear them they are fastionable and great to wear on an everyday style.

posted on Mon, 07/01/2013 - 10:52am
george paul bob's picture
george paul bob says:

high heels are really comfortable i personally like high heels they are very fashionable and look great with everthing

posted on Mon, 07/01/2013 - 1:10pm
Anonymous 0023's picture
Anonymous 0023 says:

The issue with high heels is something that should be personal because we cannot stop all women from wearing heels. I am pretty sure that the majority of the people that said heels are great are women and they are entitled to their opinions even though they know it is dangerous. I pesonally do not wear heels but if women like it let them suffer. If they start complaining ask them why are they wearing it in the first place. If they answer with something like "But they are so cute!" then tell them to stop complaining or suffer in silence.

posted on Fri, 07/05/2013 - 2:19pm
gabrielle  's picture
gabrielle says:

you are right we can not stop woman from wearing high heel shoes

posted on Thu, 07/11/2013 - 2:39pm
Randomguy22's picture
Randomguy22 says:

I don't like high heels! I never have and never will.

posted on Sun, 07/07/2013 - 4:47pm
high heels?'s picture
high heels? says:

High heels are definantly fashionable, they have been for a long time (since the 16 hundreds)! but it is questionable wether they are great for your feet. will they turn out to be the next cigarettes?

posted on Mon, 07/08/2013 - 10:22am
I'm with stuipid's picture
I'm with stuipid says:

Hihg heels are the worst shoes ever!!! I just wear regular shoes.

posted on Tue, 07/09/2013 - 12:36pm
Samantha Wilson's picture
Samantha Wilson says:

who whould wear high heels if they damage your feet like that i wouldn't!!!

posted on Wed, 07/10/2013 - 3:28pm
Samantha Wilson's picture
Samantha Wilson says:

dont damage your feet never were high heels again

posted on Wed, 07/10/2013 - 3:28pm
gabrielle  's picture
gabrielle says:

why do they reconsider wearing highheels after looked from a X-ray

posted on Thu, 07/11/2013 - 2:33pm
gabrielle  's picture
gabrielle says:

Why are high heels bad for your feet

alot of people wear them

posted on Thu, 07/11/2013 - 2:36pm
Jan Frankenthaler Schmidt's picture
Jan Frankenthaler Schmidt says:

I did get foot problems from heels ... it was very painful and now I wear only clogs and am much better.

posted on Sat, 07/13/2013 - 11:20am
Calvin's picture
Calvin says:

I like to wear Mommy's shoes to play. But they are owie!!mmmm

posted on Fri, 07/19/2013 - 11:22am
Totes Amazeballs's picture
Totes Amazeballs says:

i have a choir teacher that wears high heels all the time and she has health problem because of it

posted on Fri, 08/09/2013 - 1:09pm
rachel     ann    alverson's picture
rachel ann alverson says:

where is the x-ray?

posted on Mon, 08/19/2013 - 10:51am
Thor's picture
Thor says:

You have to click the link to the Washington Post story to see the x-ray.

posted on Mon, 08/19/2013 - 11:01am
lolikitty 305's picture
lolikitty 305 says:

i dont get why people bother wearing high heels

posted on Sun, 09/01/2013 - 2:44pm
jackwilliam's picture
jackwilliam says:

Yes definitely I totally agreed with your information and concern about high heel..but peoples are not caring about it. http://www.sydneyheelpain.com.au/what-is-plantar-fasciitis/

posted on Fri, 09/06/2013 - 4:16am
Blimp and Owl's picture
Blimp and Owl says:

Jackwilliam, we totally agree with you. people need to stop worrying about how they look on the outside and they need to start living their life healthy. we 100% agree with you and its our dutys to tell everybody this message.

-Blimp and Owl

posted on Fri, 10/18/2013 - 3:30pm
Charla's picture
Charla says:

For every one of you who think that beauty is more important than health, take another look at the meaning of life. Do you actually think that we live to please other people and to look unnatural? No-the majority of us do and should care more about ourselves.

posted on Sun, 10/20/2013 - 4:45pm

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