MD Podiatrist Advises How Long to Wear High Heels

If you’ve ever wondered what the average timeframe is for wearing heels, you’re not alone. Many other women have also been curious, and a Podiatrist has chimed in on the matter. “Heels alter the ability of the foot to absorb shock evenly across the foot and to hold up our body weight,” said Dr. Daniel D. Michaels, the founder of Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC. “A larger sized heel will still force the distribution of weight onto the ball of your foot and compact your toes into a small space which will still lead to the progression of bunions when you are predisposed to having them."




"For a medium heel height, 1.5 to 3 inches, a maximum of 3 hours should be the limit. This type of heel is not really for walking long periods of time or dancing; however, if attending a social gathering, limit the physical activity to avoid foot damage and risk injury,” Dr. Michaels advised. “Never go over 3 inches in heel height because it changes the biomechanics of how you walk. This leads to shorter strides, and more pressure is placed on the balls of your feet, which throws off your center of gravity, putting unneeded and unnecessary stress on your knees and lower back."

The Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC Team

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