Take a Break From High Heels

CLEBURNE, Texas — Planning on breaking out the pumps for that Christmas party?

As the party circuit heats up, many women will slip into a pair of strappy heels or other footwear likely to make a podiatrist cringe this holiday season. The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends that women should limit the amount of time spent in high heels.

“High heels, especially those more than two inches tall, can cause a host of medical, postural and safety problems for women,” said Dr. Jason Smith, a podiatrist on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne. “Women also should be careful and learn how to walk safely in high heels, particularly when they don’t wear them except for special events.”

If women choose to wear high heels, the association recommends that they:

  • Vary heel height
  • Select shoes that offer athletic shoe construction, reinforced heels, and wide toe room
  • Limit the amount of time wearing high heels

For general use, the association recommends that women look for a walking shoe with laces, a wide heel, and heels no taller than three-quarters of an inch.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/cleburne.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.