Greatist asks Dr. Reid, “What Really Happens when you wear High Heels?”

Family Podiatry Center Dr. Marlene Reid in the Media, In The Media

“Damage can start a lot earlier than you think”
-Dr. Reid-

Wearing high heels can have negative and painful effects on the body which include problems with your feet, toes, knees, hips, and back, but there are ways to reduce the pain and possible long term damage that high heels can be responsible for. Alyssa Raiola, writer for Greatist, posted an article alongside Dr Marlene Reid highlighting the problems you can expect to feel in each body part and what can be done to prevent further injury and damage.

What Really Happens

  • Feet: Joint disease, deformities, bunions, ingrown toenails, and neuroma
  • Achilles Tendon: Shortened or stiff muscle tendons, and tendon tears
  • Knees: balance issues while standing and walking, and arthritis
  • Hips: Regional pain to the outer hip, inner thighs, butt and groin.
  • Back: Chronic soreness, spasms, and arthritis.


  • Wear lover heels or wedges
  • Opt for a wider toe
  • Change the height of the heel you wear from day to day
  • Cap the time you’re walking in heels to three hours at a time.

You can read the article more in-depth by clicking here