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Steven Neufeld MD: High Heel Shoes Impact Foot Healthneufeld md high heel shoes impact foot health

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Steven Neufeld MD: High Heel Shoes Impact Foot Health

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Steven Neufeld MD: High Heel Shoes Impact Foot Healthneufeld md high heel shoes impact foot health

  1. 1. Steven Neufeld, MD: High Heel Shoes Impact Foot Health
  2. 2. •More popular than ever, high-heeled shoes are consideredan important accessory to the modern woman’s wardrobe.•Although a fashionable choice of foot wear, wearing highheels can negatively impact foot health and your body’sproper alignment.
  3. 3. •As Dr. Steven Neufeld notes, wearing high heels mayadditionally exacerbate symptoms and pain related tocommon foot conditions such as bunions.•The Director of the Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center ofWashington and founder of a foot and ankle fellowship,orthopedic physician Steven Neufeld, MD, offers insight onthe dangers of frequently wearing high heeled shoes.
  4. 4. •A common type of fashionable yet potentially dangerousshoe, the stiletto features a high, thin heel.•The design of this shoe can affect a patient’s balance andbody alignment because most of the patient’s bodyweight isfocused on the balls of the feet.
  5. 5. •Wearing these types of heels for prolonged periods of timecan cause excessive tightening of leg muscles and affectwalking (gait) patterns.•Orthopedic physicians recommend that patients wear shoesthat fit properly and feel comfortable.
  6. 6. •Patients should also consider wearing heels only for shortperiods of time such as a dinner party rather than a fullworkday.
  7. 7. •Patients should also consider wearing heels only for shortperiods of time such as a dinner party rather than a fullworkday.

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