Madonna strutted her stuff with Seattle’s Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the Grammy’s last night even though she’s still healing from an injury caused by wearing high heels. She instagrammed her friends before her performance telling them “"It's official! I'm off my crutches and I'm looking for the perfect pair of heels to wear to the Grammys”. Apparently she bruised the bone of her foot a little over a week ago and was seen not long after working out at the gym with her crutches. Now that’s crazy dedication to looking good.

It seems like our celebrity blog log of foot injuries just keeps rolling along. And most of these injuries are the result of wearing high heels. Of course last week we heard about a diving injury sustained by Uma Foden of Splash! fame but that’s more unusual. Swimming is one of the safest things you can do to stay active throughout your life. Diving--not so much.

I know no matter how much I tell my patients to lay off the high heels, it’s just not going to happen. Some of my patients work at jobs where they have to be on their feet all day and they wear heels as a standard of fashion.

Unfortunately the results of high heel wear are painful heel conditions, bunions, and an increased likelihood of falling and twisting an ankle.

Even for my heel loving patients I can offer some preventive advice:

  • If you wear high heels regularly, be sure to alternate the height of your heels which can help prevent tightening of your Achilles tendon. If this tendon gets too tight you place yourself at greater risk of heel pain.
  • Stretching your achilles/calf muscle daily particularly before exercise will also prevent tightening of this muscle.
  • When wearing heels, protect the ball of your foot with a metatarsal pad.

If you do start to experience pain as a result of high heel wear, don’t ignor it. It will only make things worse over time. Call us 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online and we’ll do whatever we can to get you back to the dance floor.

Dr. Rion Berg
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A podiatrist in North Seattle treating families for over 40 years.
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