Working out…in high heels!

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Working out…in high heels!

Would you work out in heels of 2, 3 or even 4 inches?  Sorry…I’m only addressing this blog to my female patients.  If you’re a guy and your wearing high heels…well…lets not go there.

I just finished reading an article on yahoo about workouts in high heels.  You can read it here.    OK.  First, I thought that’s just crazy.   Who would want to risk stress fractures, ankle sprains, or even a broken ankle by working out in heels?  stress fractures and ankle sprains of high heels







I also checked out Gainesville’s biggest gym, Gainesville Health and Fitness, and was glad to see that there were no classes being offered for this ridiculous type of workout.

Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing a woman in heels.  In a very un-scientific poll, I found that women just say it makes them feel sexier.  And if you are going out for the evening or wearing heels on occasion, there shouldn’t be much of a problem.  But for everyday use there are risks.  Women who are overweight, have arthritis, or have high or flat arches, will experience more frequent foot and ankle problems (most common are tendon and muscle strains, hammertoes, bunions, and stress fractures-though long-term high heel wearers could suffer from tendinitis, severe ankle sprains, and torn ligaments and tendons), but many women encounter symptoms after extended high-heel wear. Pain is your body’s way of warning you that something is wrong, and that you should stop wearing the shoes.

One of my postop surgical patients sent me a picture of the shoes she wants to get into after she heals.

high heeled shoe








And I hope we can get her into those.  But if after a night out, you find yourself in pain, take these steps:  Ice is your best friend.  This will decrease pain and swelling.  Add an OTC NSAID such as ibuprofen.  And if your pain does not get better, call us at Family Podiatry.  We’re here to help YOU!

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