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Why Children Should Defer Wearing Heels Until Maturity

By Dr. Jason Gold, DPM, FACFAS | Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus DPM, RPhs, FACFAS

Despite their fashionable appearance, high heels can actually prompt a decent amount of foot pain. In fact, a recent study found that 64% of older women that experienced foot pain reported wearing high heels on a regular basis throughout many years of their lives. High heels are associated with bunions, hammertoes, and other forms of general foot pain that cause people to visit their foot doctors.  Looking for a podiatrist in Boca Raton? Click here. There is a new trend in high heels that may be even more damaging to the future of foot health, and that is the rise of toddlers and young children prancing around in high heels designed just for them.

Many shoe companies are now designing high heels for children as young as six months old. While the youngest versions of the shoes are made of plush and are not physically damaging to the feet, they are setting an unhealthy precedent for young girls. High heels are made in sizes to accommodate girls as soon as they are able to begin walking, and many of these sprouting women are modeling these shoes much more often than the occasional special event. High heels on children are a trend that appears to be catching on as young girls slip on their mock stilettos starting at the age of three.

One of the leading concerns among medical professionals is that the bones of young children are very malleable. Wearing high-heels and pointy-toed shoes can cause children’s feet to become structurally deformed as they grow. It is wise for parents to limit their daughter’s contact with high heels and other forms of unhealthy footwear until they at least reach the age of 14 when females reach skeletal maturity. This does not mean that once a child becomes 14 that high heels are no longer dangerous as heels are known to cause women foot damage throughout their lives. However, the risk for deformation from high heels will often reduce once a young girl enters her teenage years.

Dr. Jason Gold, DPM, FACFAS

Known for his expertise in thorough diagnostic testing and a steady surgical hand, Jason M. Gold, DPM, is a leader in modern foot and ankle care and sports medicine. He’s one of a handful of doctors who’s board certified in foot and ankle surgery in Palm Beach County. Dr. Jason Gold cares for patients at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center, a state-of-the-art practice with locations in Boca Raton and Boynton, Florida.

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus , DPM - Podiatrist in Boca Raton, FL

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus DPM, RPhs, FACFAS

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus is a foot, ankle, and leg vein specialist practicing in South Florida. She is considered a leader and innovator for various procedures in her field, including fat pad and vein care. Dr. Schoenhaus grew up in southern New Jersey and she considers herself a true Philly girl. After graduating from the University of Michigan, having studied kinesiology and human movement, she went to Temple University in Philadelphia where she got her doctorate.

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