Girls and High Heels: The Right Time to Wear (Part II)

Knowing the right time to wear high heels can save your little girl’s feet a lifetime of trouble.

Medical professionals think that high heels are a bad foot health choice. They could lead to hammertoes, bunions, and general foot pain. Though, it is crucial to note that these conditions do not occur overnight and wearing high heels can cause them. That’s why when it comes to young girls knowing the right time to wear high heels is important. 

Multiple parents think that age 15 and older is fine for teens to start wearing heels, while others feel high heels are just for special occasions like a date. It might be better to wear cute strappy sandals or boots. 

From a medical point of view, there is a certain concern with young girls wearing pointy-toe and high heel shoes. Their bones are more supple and can be structurally deformed as they grow. Simply put, bone growth happens from a cartilaginous precursor that becomes hardened and calcified.  The softer growing bone can be misshapen and deformed by external forces like high heels. This is the physiology behind the Chinese foot binding.

Until young girls stop growing, there is a huge risk to create joint and bone deformations within the foot. Sure, heel height, duration of time spent in the heel and regularity of wear are all underwriting factors to getting high heel associated foot issues. But the dangers are real and crystal clear. So making sure of the right time to wear high heels is crucial so they don’t impact their growth. 

From just a bone-related standpoint, females get to skeletal maturity around age 14. This does not mean that this the correct age for one to start wearing high heels. Also, this is not to say that high heel wearing is safe at all for adolescents and young girls. But parents should really think about avoiding shoe gear that can have a lifetime impact on the foot before the maturity of the foot. Lastly, don’t forget, after skeletal maturity, the danger of getting foot issues still exists.