Use Caution When Wearing High-Heeled Boots

We recently tuned into the “Today” show on NBC to see one of the hosts, Savannah Guthrie, sporting a lovely orthopedic boot on one leg. After the camera gave us a close up of her boot, Savannah dramatically reached behind her and pulled out a black suede dress boot with a 3-inch heel. This, she told us, is what she was wearing while running into the studio from a segment filmed outside. She then warned her viewers that running in 3-inch heels was probably not a good idea.

We heartily agree! High heels create instability and make women more prone to falling, plain and simple. Savannah endured a very bad ankle sprain, but she very easily might have broken her ankle, or some other part of her body! Here at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, we’ve seen countless ankle injuries that women have sustained as a result of falling from the artificial heights that fashionable boots create.

The danger only increases in winter. Snow and ice add slipperiness to instability, which is a great recipe for falling, tearing ligaments, and breaking bones.

Best Practices for Wearing High Heels
Being in fashion is fun, yes. But be cautious when wearing high heeled boots this winter, or avoid them entirely in favor of those with lower heels. If you do choose to wear boots higher than 2 inches, we recommend rubber soles for better traction. Or, to reduce the chances of slipping and falling, take your new boots and scuff up the heels before you wear them.

Seek Treatment Early for an Ankle Injury
Savannah Guthrie didn’t break any bones, but even more importantly, she demonstrated good thinking by seeking treatment right away. Putting off treatment of an ankle injury can lead to persistent, long-term problems such as weakness, instability, arthritis, and deformity.

If you’ve twisted your ankle and have pain, swelling, or bruising, contact us immediately at our beautiful and modern podiatry office in the historic Solon area of Cleveland. Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann along with their professional staff specialize in the treatment of foot and ankle injuries. They will diagnose your specific situation and recommend the proper treatment, from wearing a medical boot to possible surgical repair. Give us a call at (440) 903-1041 or make an appointment online.