You may not realise the damage your high heels are doing to your feet until it’s too late.

Wearing high heels on a regular basis over a long period of time can gradually damage the bones and soft tissues of your feet and lower legs. They can result in the dreaded osteoarthritis at a much younger age than you might expect. Wearing high heels regularly can also cause shortening of your Achilles tendons as well as tight calf muscles.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a pair of nice high heels for a night out but you will never catch me wearing heels for an 8 hour day at work, a shopping trip or a day out with the kids. High heels make you feel taller, slimmer and more dressed up but they just aren’t good for your feet.

These images are of the right foot of a recent patient of mine. A 76 year old female who has worn heels almost every day of her life and doesn’t want to stop now.

Do you think she might have osteoarthritis of her 1st mtp joint (big toe) ??????

Take care of your feet. You only get one pair and they need to last you a long time!

Thanks for reading

Dr Lindsay A Hill