Nov 13, 2020


Interviewer: There's evidence that suggests wearing high heels can damage the feet and ankles. Dr. Kirtly Jones, is that really true? And is there anything a woman can do?

Dr. Jones: Well, wearing high heels all the time can limit the flexion of the foot and ankle. If you wear heels just for special occasions, you aren't likely to do permanent structural damage to your feet and ankles. But if you're wearing heels to work every day, take them off when they're under your desk. No one's looking. Flex your feet up and down and stretch your calves gently on the edge of stair steps. This is an exercise called heel lifts and heel drops. Give your feet and ankles a chance to normalize with exercise at night. And on weekends, go barefoot or wear shoes that are flat, well-fit, and supportive.

updated: November 13, 2020
originally published: April 10, 2018

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