Ex-orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Taryn Rose, has teamed up with architect, Enrico Cuini to create a pair of high heels that are genuinely comfortable and feet friendly. The team has built a $40 million business with the designs and they have also started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the “wing shoes.” The collection will be called Enrico Cuini for DRESR and has carbon fiber wings built into the insoles that support and cushion all parts of the arch. “The wings ‘flutter’ as you walk to provide a pumping action, which helps blood flow back to your heart from your feet,” stated Dr. Rose. “This provides comfort and decreases swelling in your feet.”
High heels can negatively affect your feet if they do not offer enough support. If you would like to learn more, speak to one of our doctors at Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina. We will answer all of your foot- and ankle-related questions.
Effects of High Heels on the Feet
High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity. Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.
What parts my body will be affected by high heels?
- Ankle Joints
- Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
- Balls of the Feet
- Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
- Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain. Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.
What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Plantar Fasciitis
How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?
If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems. Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising. If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in North Carolina. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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