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By Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois
February 27, 2014
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By Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois
February 27, 2014
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Tags: Bunions   hammertoes   Neuromas   heel pain  

Healthy Cells Magazine Article

There’s a well-known yoga guru from Manhattan’s West Village in New York City by the name of Yamuna Zake who actually thinks that it is a good idea to wear stilettos in yoga class. She claims that wearing stilettos will help build better foot strength, posture, and balance. She even encourages her students to walk a mile in their tall - est stilettos


By Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois
February 19, 2014
Category: Foot Care

HeelsWhile high heel shoes may look stylish or complement your favorite outfit, they are rarely the best option for a woman's feet. According to a study by the American Podiatric Medical Association, 39 percent of women wear high heels every day; of the women who wear heels daily, three out of four reported foot problems. Despite the numbers, many women continue to underestimate the health risks associated with high heels.

High heel shoes disrupt the body's alignment, crowd the toes and force the body's weight onto the ball of the foot. Wearing heels can contribute to a variety of foot and ankle problems, including:

  • Achilles tendonitis. The Achilles tendon and calf muscles tighten and shorten as the front of the foot moves down in relation to the heel. This causes stress and painful inflammation of the Achilles tendon.
  • Bunions. Narrow-toed shoes can cause a bony growth on the joint at the base of the big toe. The bunion forces the big toe to slant in toward the other toes, resulting in discomfort, blisters, corns and calluses.
  • Hammertoes. A narrow toe box crowds the smaller toes into a bent, claw-like position at the middle joint.
  • Metatarsalgia. Continued high heel wear can lead to joint pain in the ball of the foot as a result of heels forcing the body's weight to be redistributed.
  • Ankle injuries. Because heels impair balance and increase the risk of falling, ankle sprains and fractures are common.
  • Pump Bump. The rigid back of a pump-style shoe can cause pressure that irritates the heel bone, creating a bony enlargement known as Haglund's deformity.
  • Neuromas. A narrow toe box and high heel can compress and create a thickening of tissue around a nerve between the third and fourth toes, leading to pain and numbness in the toes.

Still not willing to ditch the heels? There are ways to relieve some of the damaging effects of high heels.

  • Avoid heels taller than 2 inches
  • Choose thicker, more stable heels. Thicker heels are still stylish, plus they lessen the stress on your feet and provide better shock absorption.
  • If you must wear heels, wear your gym shoes or flats for commuting and change into your heels once you arrive to your destination.
  • Stretch and massage your calf, heel, and foot muscles. This helps relax the muscles and tendons and prevents them from tightening and shortening.
  • Avoid shoes with pointed toes

High heel shoes can cause pain and foot deformities that can last a lifetime. So the next time you go to slip on your heels for a long day at work or a night out, consider the consequences and rethink your options. If foot pain persists, visit the Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois for treatment.


By Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois
February 04, 2014
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Dr. Sigle Interviews with Sam Madoina WFMB-AM Sports Radio 1450

Springfield's Foot and Ankle Specialist, Dr. John Sigle Interviews with Sam Madonia, The Voice of WFMB -AM Sports Radio 1450  to talk about exciting new surgical advancements for Hammertoes and Bunions, and how cutting edge lasers are being used to battle Toenail Fungus and Pain Management........

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