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Avoiding High Heel Hurt

"[High heels] instill a sense of confidence and attractiveness in the wearer,” says Dr. Richard Leitzen, a podiatrist at Northwest Podiatry Center Ltd. in South Elgin and Aurora.

High heels are a staple of femininity, and many women consider learning to walk in heels the next step after learning to crawl.  

Heels are a great fashion accessory for women, but they can come at a cost – and not just the cost paid at the register. Heels can be sexy and fun, but wearing them can be painful.

Then why do women keep buying them?

Simply put, high heels are fun, says Dr. Karla Stipati, a podiatrist at St. Charles Foot and Ankle Center. “Women dress to impress themselves, their friends their coworkers,” she says. “They’ll wear a shoe even if it’s not comfortable in order to carry off a certain look.”

Dr. Richard Leitzen, a podiatrist at Northwest Podiatry Center Ltd. in South Elgin and Aurora, says high heels create the aesthetic illusion of longer, more slender legs. Heels also add height and give the appearance of more well-defined calf muscles. 

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