You love wearing heels. Sometimes they hurt and give you blisters--but your young and can deal with it.

Not so fast.

According to a new study from the University of Alabama people in their 20s and 30s are most at risk for high heel injuries that go way beyond a simple blister.

The study revealed that the number of injuries for high heel wearers in the US doubled from 2002 and 2012. The stand-out year for high heel injuries was 2011 with 19,000 accidents. Eighty percent of the injuries involved sprains and strains to the foot and ankle and 20% involved the knee, trunk, shoulder or head and neck.

These are pretty sobering statistics. As a Seattle podiatrist I offer the following advice to those who still aren't convinced to give up their stilettos.

  • Don't run or participate in other risky activities in heels.
  • Avoid wearing high heels when pregnant--your center of gravity shifts making falls more likely
  • Limit high heel use--wear for special occasions or alternate heels with a lower option

High heel wear also adds risk for other foot conditions such as bunion formation and exacerbation and hammertoe development. Although you may be in your 20s or 30s and have great looking feet, bunions develop overtime. If you have a parent with bunions, you are more at risk due to inherited foot type.

If you've experienced a sprain or twisted ankle from wearing heels, call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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