Health News
Get informed with recent medical news and updates

Barbie Feet From Wearing High Heels?

| February 2nd, 2012

Listen ladies!  We all know that we have a love-hate relationship with our high heeled shoes.  Maybe it's those favorite sexy red ones you love to slide on or the more conversative, classic, black 2" inched heels that you wear most often to work.  

Either way, by 5pm your sitting behind your desk and kicking off those heels and rubbing those sore feet of yours.  

For millions of high heeled lovers there is a new study that says you just might be ruining your feet and developing the Barbie feet syndrome.

What this means is that you have worn your heels for so long that you have actually trained your feet to be shaped like that of Barbies. 

A high heeled shoe forces your foot into a planter-flexed position, which in turn makes your toes permantly point and flex. So the shoe you love is putting you at risk for muscle injury and pain, even when your not wearing the heels.

Actaully, for those who insist on wearing heels the minute you switch to a flat or sport shoe you are actaully shocking your foot into a new position.  Causing the muscles to flex and stretch into a position that it's not used to.

Dr. Neil J. Cronin, currently a researcher at Finland's University of Jyvaskyla conducted the study and says "long-term high heel use may also increase the risk of strain injuries."

So does this news make you want to slide those toes into a pump...we think not. But be advised the muscle and leg pain that you might be experincing could stem from your high heels.  Avoid the Barbie syndrome and consider a pump!

Talk to your podiatrist!

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Copyright © 2010 All rights reserved

This article was written by the medical research team at does not intend for any of the information on this site to be regarded as medical advice - it is meant as a starting point for understanding treatment details and options before contacting a registered, licensed doctor. We advise all patients to seek medical advice from a doctor.
View sources

© 2010 Medstar LLC. All rights reserved. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of' s terms of use and privacy policy.

The information on this site is not a substitute for diagnosis or treatment from a licensed medical practitioner. If you are experiencing a serious medical condition call your local emergency services or your doctor.