High Heels Designed for Comfort by Former Surgeon
It might seem like an oxymoron, but 47 year old Dr. Taryn Rose wants to create fashionable high heels that are also comfortable. As a former orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Rose has a $40 million business with her footwear collection. In addition, she launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund what she calls ‘wing shoes’.
Enrico Cuini for DRESR, the name of the collection, consists of special constructed carbon fiber ‘wings’ built into the insoles, which support and cushion all three arches of the foot. “The wings ‘flutter’ as you walk to provide a pumping action, which helps blood flow back to your heart from your feet,” Dr. Rose says, “This provides comfort and decreases swelling in your feet. “
High heels can negatively affect your feet if they do not offer enough support. If you would like to learn more, speak to podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center can treat your foot and ankle needs.
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?
- 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. Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising. If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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