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."For the past five years, nine-year-old Joseph Miller has participated in an annual charity event called “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” that calls on men and women to show their support for the victims of domestic violence by walking a mile in high heels. The cause is particularly important to Joseph and his mother, as they were victims of domestic abuse themselves.

The young boy wore a pair of his mom’s heels to the office of Findlay mayor Lydia Mihalik to ask for a donation to Open Arms, the organization the runs the event, and to get her support for the cause. Mihalik was so blown away by his attitude that she donated $1000, $600 more than what Joseph had been asking for.

Even if they’re being worn for a good cause, high heels can still do some damage to the feet. If you have questions about the effects of wearing heels, speak to podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can teach you about the conditions that can arise from over-use of this type of shoe.

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. 

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