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High heels can cause back pain.High heel enthusiasts know the benefits of their beloved footwear; offering height and a fashionable appearance. However, according to writer Karen Appold of Lehigh Valley, PA; do the potential risks outweigh the benefits?

According to Appold, high heels affect your body’s gravity and alignment impacting back and posture support. High heels can also place your foot and ankle to turn in an outward position, causing risk and injury to your ankles. Another reason according to Appold is that back’s normal s-curve acts as a shock absorber, causing stress to be minimized on the vertebrae. High heel usage causes low-back spine flattening and displacement from the head and spine.

Wearing high heels can cause discomfort or difficulty in standing or walking, if you have concerns over the usage of high heels you should seek the aid of a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can provide you with more information on alternative footwear as well as further details on foot and ankle pain you may be experiencing from heels.

Wearing High Heels and How it Affects Feet

High heels affect what parts of the body?

· Joints in the Ankle
· Balls of the Feet
· Achilles Tendon
· 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 problems can arise from long term use of high heels?

· Calluses
· Corns
· Morton’s Neuroma
· Plantar Fasciitis
· Bunions
· Hammertoe

For more information on maintaining proper foot health while wearing high heels, visit our link at the bottom.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our two offices which are located in Sun Lakes or Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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0627 flip flopSkylar and Penny Manning are fans of the popular summertime sandals known as flip-flops. “They’re very comfortable, easy to put on, I don’t get blisters like I would have with tennis shoes and they’re lightweight,” Penny Manning said. “I have at least 15 to 20 pairs of flip-flops.”

However, not everyone happens to like flip flops, citing reasons such as as the strip between the toes becoming bothersome and irritating. “I don’t like the way they feel between my toes,” Tonya Taylor said. “I would rather wear sneakers.” Medical expert John Whyte posted a story in The Huffington Post in 2011, saying “A study found that flip-flop wearers tend to grip the footwear with their toes, causing shorter stride length and improper force when their feet hit the ground.

Speaking to a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC help you better understand the steps you can take to ensure that your feet stay healthy while wearing flip flops.

Flip-Flops and Feet

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

· Ankle problems
· Hip problems
· Lower back problems
· Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

· Sprained ankles
· Blisters
· Infections
· Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result; make sure you are purchasing your flip-flops from a respected brand too. Replacing your flip-flops every 3-4 months is suggested to provide maximum support and protection for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our two offices which are located in Sun Lakes or Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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