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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 05, 2019
Category: footwear

High heels are viewed as the epitome of style, elegance, and grandeur by most women. However, what they don’t realize is the amount of damage they expose their feet to when wearing such shoes.

Here we will highlight some harms of high heels:

  • Wearing high heels shifts the weight of the entire body onto the balls of the feet. Due to excessive stress, they become prone to swelling and pain. One cause for this condition is sesamoiditis.
  • Heels with restrictive toe space end up cramming the toes together, leading to the development of bunions and hammertoes.
  • Extended periods of wearing high heels could damage your Achilles tendon by shortening it. This causes extra stress on leg muscles as they become overly stretched and can make walking excruciatingly painful.
  • A slight imbalance or unexpected trip could lead to painful sprains and even bone fractures.

Luckily, you can still wear these beauties if you adopt a few precautionary measures:

  • Shorten the heel size: wearing a two-inch heel instead of a four or six significantly minimizes your exposure to falls and trips.
  • Avoid stick-thin heel types: broader heel types like “wedges” distribute weight more evenly on your feet and save them from excessive stress. 
  • Use shoe inserts: pads and orthotic inserts are helpful in providing support and relief to your foot’s pressure points.
  • Wear high heels for shorter durations: If you have a busy day that will keep you up and about on your toes, it is better to avoid wearing heels on such days. Switching between heels and flats also eases the stress on your feet.
  • Flexing your ankles and feet, along with mild exercises, is good for the overall health of your feet.

In case of any discomfort or pain in your feet, we at Joseph Stuto, DPM, suggest that you consult a podiatrist right away. Call us at our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto for a thorough examination, treatment, and relief.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
October 04, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   blisters   spurs   high heels   osteoarthritis  

Specialist Women have a large array of different types of shoes that they can choose to wear to work. Flats, clogs, sandals, boat shoes, and, most commonly, high heels. High heels are one of the most common types of shoes that women wear to their places of employment. While working long shifts, they keep the heels on the entire time. These high heels are known to be a top cause of foot and ankle problems. Due to the high risk these heels cause, podiatrists try to warn women away from them. Podiatrists see many women every day in their offices due to these high heel induced problems. Some women assume that wider heels are less harmful and that there are tips and tricks to getting around these issues. The reality is all heels can contribute to the deterioration of the foot and can cause osteoarthritis.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the breakdown of the cartilage that is located in the joint. It normally occurs in the ankle and foot joints. High heels are one of the leading causes of this condition. Other potential causes can be obesity, age, genetics, and other types of illness. When the cartilage begins to break down, the joint no longer has a cushion to rely on. This lack of cushion causes bones to begin to rub together and cause a lot of pain and suffering. This pain can then spread to the tissue that surrounds the joint and cause lasting damage.

Does Wearing Wider Heels Help?

Wider heels are not any better for your foot than narrow heels. There may be a little bit less of a chance of an ankle sprain with wider heels, but the risks are essentially the same. If you must wear heels, it is recommended to wear heels that have a heel that is 2 inches or less in height. This reduced height helps the foot stay at a more natural angle and prevents bunions, spurs, blisters, and other conditions that the foot and ankle can suffer from.


  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Decreased motion


Usually, someone with osteoarthritis can only treat the symptoms. Pain medication, injections, and surgery can help assist in the lessening of the pain and suffering of the patient.

Are your feet and ankles swelling and in pain? Do you wear high heels and suffer from the symptoms listed above? It is time to see Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto of Stuto Foot Specialist located in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Stuto will assist you in the examination and treatment of your foot and ankle condition. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today. Your foot health is our top priority.