Pinched nerves are also fairly common and associated with the use of high heels, usually located in the ball of the foot and between the toes. Arthritis and heel pain are also common ailments that are connected to high heels.
Traveling upwards from the foot, high heels can also wreak havoc on your ankles. For those who have balance problems, wearing high heels, especially those with a thin heel, are just asking for a twisted or a broken ankle. Repeated and constant use of high heels also damages an important tendon called the Achilles tendon. Because the pressure in heels is concentrated around the toes, rather than relying on the tendon, it shortens over time, leaving older women uncomfortable when wearing anything but high heels because of the strain in their ankles.
The best thing that you can do for your feet and ankles is to not wear high heels, but it is unlikely that people will stop using them altogether. Tune in next week when we discuss ways to mitigate or reverse the damage that high heels have caused.