Do high heels need warning labels?

Elevated heels and narrow toed shoes, a warning for bunions

Warning labels for bunionsOn the Huffington Post's Healthy Living blog, podiatrist Neal M. Blitz ponders whether high heels should come with warnings of possible bunions, hammer toe or tight calf muscles.

Blitz said that towering heels have been responsible for or exacerbated all of such foot and leg problems, and yet women continue to wear impractical footwear in the name of fashion.

"Many know that certain shoes are 'bad' but are under informed, as they don't know what actual foot problems can develop, or what's involved in correcting the problem," Blitz said in the blog post.

He explained that elevated heels and a narrow toe can cause the big toe joint to become deformed, resulting in a bunions.

Moreover, the American Academy of Orthopaedic surgeons reports that bunions have a tendency to get progressively worse and eventually make it difficult for a person to walk.

Blitz also said that hammer toe may occur in women who wear high heels, and that corrective surgery involves the removal of a joint and the installation of a wire that pokes through the tip of the toe while it heals.

High heels may also cause tight calf muscles, or equinus, which can be painful and may require surgery.

Bunion splints or orthotics may be helpful in preventing or correcting bunions or hammer toe without the need for painful bunion surgery

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