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Women Falling In High Heels

Brandt R Gibson, DPM
Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute
Posted on Nov 01, 2011
In a recent study, women who wore high heels were found to fall 40% of the time.  In fact, the heels we usually considered the reason for the falls.  With this in mind, there are concerns that are often not mentioned from heels that should be considered.

  • Falls from heels may cause ankle sprains, from falling off an unstable high heel.
  • Falls from heels have produced stress fractures or even metatarsal fractures.  (Breaking a foot...)
  • Falls from heels may cause toe or toenail injury.
  • Falls from heels can cause injuries elsewhere in the body (include arms, hands, and head)

Although many never fall in heels, it is important to look for heels with a more stable base, often with shorter heights, and ensure proper ankle and leg stregth for the platform being used.   Remember ballet dancers go on point only when they are strong enough, to avoid injury.

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