This past weekend Atlantic City hosted the Miss America pageant for the first time since 2004 and  Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, won the coveted crown! Could those Skyscraper shoes she wore in the “Show Us Your Shoe’s” parade have helped her win?

As fashion changes, runways are full of higher heels, pointier toes, and more creative styles: Think Lady Gaga’s famous backless shoes, or Sarah Jessica Parkers character, Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City who helped make Manolo Blahnik a household name! At one point her character realizes she could have paid for her entire apartment had she not bought so many shoes.   Now the Miss America Pageant has a parade dedicated to shoes!

But what is our love of heels doing to us, other than breaking the bank?  Could you be getting foot problems from high heels? When wearing heels, your body weight is transferred forward onto the balls of your feet.  This affects how your entire body responds, making it common to have ankle, knee, hip, spine, and even neck pain.  Shoes with pointy toes are a concern too because they cram your toes into an unnatural shape, with the added heel height causing crushed toes to carry your entire body weight.

Over time, heels can cause your Achilles tendon, the tendon that attaches your calf muscles to your heel, to shorten.  This restricts movement and won’t allow you to move your foot up and down normally.  You can also develop other foot problems such as:

  •      Arch pain
  •      Calluses
  •      Corns
  •      Hammertoes
  •     Bunions

Some high heels can even make you lose your balance, injuring an ankle or possibly more. All of this information doesn’t stop women from wearing their beloved heels.  According to a recent survey, 42% of women admitted they would wear a shoe that they liked, even if it was painful.  If you must wear heels, here are 7 tips to prevent pain and suffering:

1.     Only wear heels for special occasions when absolutely necessary

2.     Keep a pair of flats in your bag so you can do the majority of your walking comfortably, and put the heels on at your destination

3.     Cushion your feet with an added insert or orthotic

4.     Make sure the heels fit.  (Think loose straps and room for your feet to slide.)

5.     Wear a thicker heel

6.     Don’t be extreme!  Wear a lower heel.

7.     Try open-toed shoes to prevent crowding

The good news is that you don’t have to live in pain.  If you have noticed any of the symptoms discussed, don’t hesitate to set up an appointment with Hollowbrook Foot Specialist in Wappingers Falls.  Dr. Schlam will work with you to find options that can help you get back on your feet in no time.

By David Schlam

Your Top-Rated & New Favorite Podiatrist In Wappingers Falls, NY

Always arrive to a pleasant cheerful staff! They make you feel welcome and get you situated quickly! The Doctor is friendly and makes your feet feel great! I travel a bit to get to this office, but it is so worth it! The staff is always helpful and customizes my appointments to my needs!

- Bob D.

bob 5 star review

GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!! Very nice, friendly, and thorough doctor. Wonderful staff too! Very clean office. They fit me into there schedule the same day. They recognized my issue right away and got me out of discomfort painlessly.

- Jordan C.

jordan 5 star review

You will not find a better podiatrist than Dr. Schlam. I have been seeing him for over twenty years and he has been a godsend for my foot pain. If only I could give six stars...

- John M.

john 5 star review

Great experience. They got my son in as soon as possible as made sure his foot was ok. Will definitely use them again!

- Irene T.

irene 5 star review

The best health care experience. The staff and nurses are super friendly and Dr. Schlam is very good. I highly recommend Hollowbrook Foot Specialists.

- Bob D.

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Podiatry Office
89 E. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-298-9074

Office Hours:
Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
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