New 3D Scans Prove High Heels to Cause Arthritis within the Feet

Arthritis and High HeelsHigh heels might appear to be fashionable and a must for most females, but these types of shoes provide dangerous consequences to the bones, and structure of your feet. According to new 3D scans that are now beginning to be available in the field of podiatry, the way in which the foot is positioned when placed in a high heel causes serious problems like hammertoe, and severe arthritis.

With an extensive amount of pressure being put onto the foot, the bones begin to shift and twist out of place, causing serious pain. While celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley don high heels almost every time they are on the red carpet, it should not be something that others should develop the habit of wearing often. According to Andy Goldberg, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, by wearing high heels, all of your body weight gets shifted to your toes which can make them become arthritic.  The safest thing to do is switch your high heels to more sensible shoes or to wear your high heels for less than two hours.

The effects of arthritis can be painful. If you are suffering from arthritis, you can seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can help you with all your questions and foot care needs.

Arthritic Foot Care

In an average lifetime, we walk approximately 75,000 miles. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if arthritis comes into play, the joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care and treatment would become imperative at this point.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing well-fitted shoes. Certain conditions may develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly, for example hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

-Specific exercises may help; stretching the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury. Stretching can also increase your mobility.
-Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, as well as topical medications with Capsaicin.
-Massages can also help to alleviate pain temporarily.

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If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Saginaw, MI and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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