Scanner shows what high heels do to feet
Doctors have been saying for a long time that high heels are not good for your feet and ankles. And now researchers from the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital in London have created a 3-D scanner to show exactly why high heels cause such pain, and how they do their damage.
The new device works by using similar radiation levels as conventional scanners, and scans both feet of the patient in under 60 seconds as they are standing in a “weight-bearing position,” wearing shoes or not. Previously, doctors had to diagnose foot problems with a 2-D X-ray, which left out a lot of information.
The researchers found that women who regularly wear high heels experience foot and ankle problems because their weight is transferred to the ball of the foot, which adds pressure to sesamoids, the small bones under the big toe. Wearing heels can also squash the toes, and forces the foot into an unnatural shape, which can cause long-term issues, such as clawing of the toes. This occurs when the toes contract at the middle and end of the joints. The scientists said that the scanner has correctly pinpointed a variety of foot issues in the month it has been used at the hospital.
They noted that wearing high heels in moderation is fine, but that you’re asking for foot problem if you wear them every day.