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OrthoCincy doctors say limit stand and walk time to reduce pain in high heels

OrthoCincy doctors say limit stand and walk time to reduce pain in high heels (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - It's shoe-swapping season! If you are not careful, some of those shoes can mess up your feet.

Thankfully an Orthopaedic specialist has some “heel-helping tips” that will really “keep you on your toes” when you are swapping the summer sandals for the high heels.

Dr. Nick Gates is the go-to guy to answer a few fashion footwear questions. He's a foot and ankle surgery expert with OrthoCincy.

So, first up: Do you tell patients not to wear high heels?

“I don't have a treatment to not tell someone to wear high heels, that's not my treatment,” said Dr. Gates.

So what do you tell them?

“I do give them knowledge, that you should not have a procedure that you think is going to make your high heels better,” said Dr. Gates.

He says no matter how comfortable, you should “know that they are not healthy for your feet.”

How about “the bunion thing?” Dr. Gates says when it comes to bunions, even though there is a genetic component, “That's the elevation of the heel, when you point the toe box you don’t have room in there for all the toes, and that forces your toe over to that angle which causes a bunion.”

To reduce the risk, you should elevate the whole foot with a platform shoe.

Or better yet, swap them out with running shoes, to minimize high heel walking or standing around.

Once you have some of the foot and ankle problems caused by high heels, you can treat the symptoms, but surgery is often required to remove problems with the bones such as bunions.

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