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Joseph and his mother meet Mayor Lydia Mihalik to ask if she'll sponsor him, as he runs a mile in high heels for Findlay Open Arms "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes."Lydia Mihalik, the mayor of Findlay, OH, was probably quite surprised to see nine-year-old Joseph Miller walk into her office wearing high heels one morning. Joseph was there to ask her to donate to the charity Open Arms, which is dedicating to helping people who have suffered from domestic abuse. He had been a victim of abuse at one point himself, and he participates in Open Arms’ event “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event every year to show his support for others in similar situations.

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is a mile-long journey where participants wear high heels to raise awareness and money for the cause. Mihalik was impressed with Joseph’s attitude, and promised to donate $1000 to the cause.

Frequent use of high heels can result in excruciating foot and ankle injuries. For assistance with a foot condition related to wearing trendy shoes too often, consult with podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama, DPM of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will diagnose your injury and discuss with you ways to better manage your use of high heels in the future.

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?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • 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.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices in Dearborn, Trenton, Clarkston, and Farmington Hills, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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