High heels may not be worth paying the price for future foot pain - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/21/09

High heels may not be worth paying the price for future foot pain

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By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Whether it's stilettos, block heels or wedges, podiatrist Tyson Green says when you consistently put your foot in unnatural positions, the pain will come eventually.

"With high heels, you put more pressure on the fore foot area and the ball of the foot, so a lot of people will get what we call metatarsalgia or pain underneath the ball of the foot," said Dr. Tyson Green, podiatrist.

Green says the trend of pointy heels has given way to more women complaining of toe pain and more ingrown toe nails.  Other problems that can be blamed on bad footwear include stress fractures and osteoarthritis, but since high heels are here to stay, Dr. Green says at least curb the pain by wearing inserts or padding and follow the three hour rule.  In other words, if you going to be in high heels for more than three hours, bring another pair of low heels to rest your feet every once in a while.

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