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By Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists
April 19, 2015
Category: Women
Tags: women   stiletto   heel   style  

"People say they're bad for the feet but they're good for the mind.
What's more important?"

To give the optical illusion of a longer and slimmer leg, the stiletto heel was created. Like other high-heeled shoes, they also increase the wearer's height and alter her posture.

The stiletto heel has a thin metal shaft instead of weaker materials that require a wider heel. The word stiletto originates from the word stylus (or stilus), a thin pointed instrument used on touchscreen-enabled devices or to engrave wax.

Stiletto heels concentrate a large amount of force into a small area and can damage linoleum and varnished wooden floors. Such damage can be prevented by heel protectors (also called covers and guards) which fit over the stiletto tips to keep them from direct contact with delicate surfaces.

The narrow base of a stiletto heel the makes the wearer more vulnerable to falling and ankle sprains. High heels are also a common cause of foot pain and leg fatigue.

Your health is a precious commodity. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Miller to address any foot or ankle concern by calling (847) 675-3400 or clicking here.

By Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists, Ltd.
October 03, 2014
Category: Pain
Tags: pain   heel   child   fasciitis  

Heel painThe most common form of heel pain experienced by adults is plantar fasciitis, often referred to as heel spur syndrome.  This is due to inflammation of the plantar fascia that is attached to the heel bone.  This pain is often intense when getting out of bed or after a long period of sitting.

Heel pain in children is usually not related to the plantar fascia.  Calcaneal apophysitis, also known as Sever’s disease, is a common cause of pediatric heel pain.  This is an inflammation within the heel bone growth plate, worse with activity.

For both adults and children, the best way to determine the cause of one’s heel pain is an examination and x-rays.(X-rays can be done in our office.) This will help distinguish it from other causes such as a stress fracture and insertional Achilles tendonitis. Treatment may require inserts, change in footwear, and anti-inflammatory medication.

Dr. Steven Miller treats both adults and children at his easy-to-reach office in Skokie, next to Old Orchard Shopping Mall and Edens Expressway.  If you or a family member are suffering with heel pain, you can schedule an evaluation by calling (847) 675-3400 or by clicking here.