Welcome to the Podiatry Arena forums, for communication between foot health professionals about podiatry and related topics.
You are currently viewing our podiatry forum as a guest which gives you limited access to view all podiatry discussions and access our other features. By joining our free global community of Podiatrists and other interested foot health care professionals you will have access to post podiatry topics (answer and ask questions), communicate privately with other members (PM), upload content, view attachments, receive a weekly email update of new discussions, earn CPD points and access many other special features. Registered users do not get displayed the advertisments in posted messages. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our global Podiatry community today!
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.
I received the following questions from the public.
Can wearing high heels cause chronic headaches? I’ve read that wearing high heels on a regular basis can cause muscles behind your neck to be stiff, putting pressure on nerves that result in chronic headaches. I’ve also read that flat shoes are not ideal for foot health. Is this true?
I am supposed to write a short reply in the local paper on this. I am old school so my natural instinct is to be biased against high heeled shoes and my reply will ofcourse reflect this. Any comments from fellow podiatrists or shoe makers in general?
>I’ve read that wearing high heels on a regular basis can cause muscles behind your neck to be stiff, putting pressure on nerves that result in chronic headaches.
With a multiarticular skeleton and joint compensations it is unlikely to happen.
Some people are more anatomically suited to wearing heeled shoes than others.
>I’ve also read that flat shoes are not ideal for foot health.
Depends what is meant by foot health? Do flat shoes cause more infections? - no evidence ; do they encourage poor foot hygiene " - no evidence; do they cause postural challenges? - no evidence but some people are likely to suffer discomfort if the posterior compartment of the leg is stretched beyond normal tollerance. All of which comes back to some people are more suited to heeled shoes than others.
I always qualify my answer to the media in these events with "conditons apply"