High Heels, High Price: Dr. Kassabian’s New Way to Protect Your Feet

Learn what Dr. Kassabian has to say to The Daily Beast about Alexander McQueen and Christian Louboutin.

“Confidence, sure, but these new footwear heights may spell bad news for health, as doctors are racing to catch up to fashion. “The higher heels you wear, the more wear and tear it’s going to cause on the soles of your feet,” says Dr. Garo Kassabian of Lift MD Aesthetics® in Beverly Hills, who recently made headlines for injecting Kim Kardashian with Botox on an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Doctors say that towering heels can strain the Achilles tendon, causing injuries such as Metatarsalgia (inflammation of the ball of the foot) and Morton’s neuroma (which occurs when nerves get pinched between the third and fourth toes). They can exacerbate bunions, cause arthritis in the knees, and some even believe high heels can cause headaches. According to one orthopedic surgeon, every heel over three inches puts seven times the body’s weight in pressure on the balls of the feet. The trauma of high heels has resulted in the birth of the aesthetic podiatry industry, which both enables women to wear higher heels and treats them for heel-related injuries. “Fashion has gotten so high that women are going to extremes to take relief,” says orthopedic surgeon and shoe designer Taryn Rose. And that relief can come in extreme forms—such as the Cinderella Procedure, in which a foot can be thinned out to fit into a Manolo Blahnik or toe-shortening, which involves cutting the bone at the joint. Because heels cause the cushions in the balls of the feet to erode, a more common procedure, “Pillows for Your Feet,” involves the injection of hyaluronic acids, such as Restylane and other face-fillers, into the soles. But according to doctors, the procedure’s long-term effects are still unknown.”

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