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Women can feel comfortable wearing high heels in various settings, from casual to formal occasions. The appeal of wearing this type of shoe may include making an individual look taller while enhancing the shape of the legs. Despite this attraction to wearing high heels, they may not be the best for the feet when they are frequently worn. The higher the heel, the greater the impact they can have on the ball of the foot. The heel height can reduce the range of motion in the ankle and may decrease support in the heels. This may cause ankle instability and result in enduring an ankle fracture or sprain. Bunions and hammertoes are common ailments among those who wear high heels daily. The toe areas of high heels can be narrow, causing the toes to shift together and possibly leading to unwanted foot conditions. High-heel wearers may want to compromise and choose a shoe with a wider toe box and a lower heel. If you would like to have additional knowledge about how the feet are affected by wearing high heels, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Jordan S. Steinberg, DPM from Florham Park Podiatry . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Florham Park, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2023 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Heel pain in children may be a sign of Sever’s disease, which is a foot condition that affects physically active young children and teenagers. While it can cause severe pain and discomfort and is considered to be the most common cause of heel pain in children, it generally does not cause long-term damage. Sever's disease is defined as an inflamed growth plate in the heel. This can happen from excessive force or overuse, resulting in heel pain. This plate is necessary for shaping the heel bone, in addition to producing tissue for proper growth. Some types of activities that can contribute to developing Sever’s disease include running, jumping, or standing for extended periods of time. It can affect basketball or soccer players, and gymnasts may also feel the effects of Sever’s disease. Common symptoms that are associated with Sever's disease can consist of a swollen and reddened heel, and it can be difficult to walk. Mild relief may happen when the offending activity is temporarily stopped and the foot is frequently elevated. If your child has heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat Sever's disease. 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Jordan S. Steinberg, DPM from Florham Park Podiatry . Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.


Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Florham Park, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2023 00:00

A Broken Toe and the Buddy Taping Method

There are several bones in each foot, and any one of them may become fractured. Common reasons a broken toe can happen can include dropping a heavy object on it or stubbing it into a piece of furniture. The pinky toe can easily break, as it is located on the outermost part of the foot. Many people experience immediate symptoms that can consist of bruising and swelling, and it can be difficult to walk. Mildly broken toes may be treated by using the buddy taping method, which is done by taping the broken toe to the toe next to it. This can be effective in providing necessary stability as it heals. Severely broken toes may have a bone protruding from it and will often be accompanied by bleeding and severe pain. Some patients may have difficulty moving the affected toe after it has healed, which may indicate arthritis has developed. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and guide you toward the treatment option that is best for you.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Jordan S. Steinberg, DPM from Florham Park Podiatry . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Florham Park, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 04 July 2023 00:00

Stretches for Heel Spurs

People who develop heel spurs often have heel and foot pain. A heel spur is defined as a bony growth that forms on the underside of the heel and is made of calcium. It can happen as a result of standing on hard surfaces for the majority of the day, or from consistently wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. The pain from a heel spur can range from a dull ache to a sharp pain, which may slightly diminish after walking. Some patients have found mild relief when specific stretches that target the heel are frequently performed. The plantar fascia, which attaches the heel to the toes is often affected in people who have heel spurs. This band of tissue may feel better when it is massaged, which can be done by standing on a tennis ball, and slowly rolling the foot back and forth. The calf stretch is also an effective stretch for the heel. This is done while standing on a step, and lowering one heel at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose a heel spur, and offer you an appropriate treatment method.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Jordan S. Steinberg, DPM from Florham Park Podiatry . Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.


The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.


There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Florham Park, NJ . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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