High Heels Are Trendy Footwear for North Koreans

HighHeel PainHigh heels have become very fashionable among women in North Korea, in part because Kim Jong-Un’s wife Ri Sol Ju likes to wear them. North Korea is known for imposing strict regulations about what its female citizens can wear. However, the dress code is starting to get a little laxer, and items like trousers and tall heels are now permitted.

Many of the shoes North Korean women wear are made by a factory called Potonggang. Potonggang makes more than 50 different types of shoes and distributes them all around the country.

High heels can make you look fashionable, but they can potentially cause a lot of damage to your feet. To get help with a lower extremity injury caused by wearing heels, consult with podiatrist Dr. Carl Ingrassia, DPM of Fords Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Ingrassia can perform an assessment of your feet and ankles and provide you with comprehensive care.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity. Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts 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.
  • Also, 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.

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

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