Heel Pain: What High Heels Are Really Doing to Your Body

Heel Pain: What High Heels Are Really Doing to Your Body

The price of beauty in heels is steep to say the least.

Designer shoe companies’ main focus is in the design of the high heels to enhance the length of women’s legs. However, what good are long and luscious legs when your feet are full of unappealing deformities? That’s right ladies. It’s time to ditch the shakily efforts to balance, lasting ailments, and sheer discomfort of the stilettos for a nice pair of flats because your feet are the primary support for everything above them.

On average, 72% of women wear heels at some point in their lives.

Most have no idea what this can do to their long-term health. Something as simple as being on your feet for long periods of time can cause chronic problems to your heels. More information on the causes of heel pain can be found here. Studies show that women have approximately four times as many foot problems as men, heels being one of the biggest factors contributing to this startling statistic.

Whether you’re putting on that go-to black dress or you’re getting ready for a typical day at work, a good pair of heels would match any outfit, making thousands of women fall prey this ill-advised choice of footwear. As the heels get higher, the pressure increases on the forefoot, allowing for more detrimental and lasting damage. Heels that are 3 inches or higher statistically shorten the Achilles tendon . Moreover, as the “stiletto” or pencil heel became trendier, foot ailments only increased as the thinness allows for less support on the ball of the foot.

Foot issues caused from continual heel use can range from minor issues such as bunions, warts, and ingrown nails to more serious ailments such as nerve damage, tendon rupture, and foot deformities. Every one of these conditions can be extremely painful if ignored and the consequences only add up over time when they go unnoticed. Often times, women do not notice these issues and continue wearing heels until the conditions are extremely painful and drastically affect their whole life. As society gets more and more demanding, juggling the work place and personal life, women cannot afford to miss a day of action due to foot pain.

A whopping 75% of the adult population in America has some sort of foot problem and approximately 40 million working days are lost in a single year because of back and foot problems. In most cases, these ailments caused by heels go unnoticed until the only solution left is foot surgery.

If you think you may be one of the thousands of women facing foot issues unknowingly caused by the continued use of heels, call our Los Angeles Office today at (310) 247-9255.

Immediately Walk After Your Bunionectomy

When it comes to discussing about a bunion surgery, the most frequently asked question is “How long is the recovery time?” Just like all other surgeries, cosmetic foot surgeries such as bunionectomy, the recovery time depend on each individual’s body. Recovery can mean different things for different people. Some people consider themselves in a recovery state as they are able to walk, others may consider themselves recovered when they can run a whole marathon. But for most, recovering means that they are able to resume their regular daily activities. If you are considering a bunionectomy for foot pain but are not sure if you have the time to recover, consider these circumstances.

A Bunionectomy includes:

  • Removing the swollen tissue from the big toe joint
  • Removing part of the bone to straighten the big toe
  • Permanently joining the bones of the big toe joint

Following a bunionectomy, patients are to stay home and rest with their feet elevated for roughly three days. After that, most patients can perform regular daily activities such as resuming work or going out to paint the town. However, restrain from being on your feet for too long. Here are three types of bunions and their recovery times below to help you estimate your time of recovery depending on your type of severity. Remember, not everyone will recovery at the exact time. Patience is the key to recovery.

Mild Bunion Operation – when the bump or spurs are just removed. Patients can immediately walk in a walking boot and will stay on for two weeks. Patients will transition to sneakers and sandals but heels will not be worn for another four weeks. In a sense, you can add 2 weeks to every 2 inch heels you would want to wear after you have transitioned into sneakers.

Moderate Bunion will require the removal of the bump in addition to the first metatarsal being cut and moved into the correct positioning. The boot will be worn for four weeks.

Severe Bunion requires a fusion of a joint or Lapidus which is performed with screws or plate with screws. Patients with severe bunions will be in a knee cast for six to eight weeks. Crutches or a roll about walker will be used for balancing. Once the cast is removed, the boot is worn for an additional two weeks followed my physical therapy.

Don’t let your bunion go from moderate to SEVERE! Make an appointment to discuss how Dr. Jamshidinia can get you out of pain and back to your life!


Why Choose Dr. Jamshidinia for Bunion Treatment in Los Angeles?

Dr. Jamshidinia at Tower Foot and Ankle Surgery is a board certified foot surgeon trained in all areas of foot and ankle surgery. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He has many hours of experience in surgical removal of bunions.

  • American Board of Podiatric Surgery – Diplomat
  • American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons – Fellow
  • Thousands of Before and After pictures
  • Watch video testimonials from real patients

Dr. Jamshidinia has helped thousands of patients throughout his career helping them achieve excellent functional outcomes along with cosmetically natural and appealing outcomes. Visit Dr. Jam’s most comprehensive before and after gallery seen anywhere on the web.