As children get older, they may wish to emulate their parents and other adults by wearing high heel shoes. These shoes are often unsuitable for children and can pose certain long-term risks for your child’s development with prolonged use.
Use of high heel shoes is accompanied by an increased risk of ankle sprains, bunions, toe deformities and other conditions due to the body adjusting to the altered posture created by the raised heels. This also increases stress on multiple parts of the body including the forefoot, knees and spine. As your child’s body is still growing, this altered posture and increased stress can result in permanent changes to your child’s body.
To avoid long-term discomfort, limit the time your child spends in them and have your child assessed for any musculoskeletal changes or defects that may occur.
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