We all at some point in our lives have worn shoes with heels. And no I'm not just talking about the high spikey ladies' dress shoe. Any shoe that lifts our heel higher than our toes is a heel and can create negative effects on our feet.
So how can a lifted heel affect our FOOT? Let's consider the fact that if something is lifted, what happens to the other end? Yes, all the weight above shifts forward putting extra load. This extra load pours into our toes and their joints causing undo consistent pressure. You may say that there is pressure put into our toe ball when we walk or do an activity. Yes, you are correct, but that weight is not a constant it is a move through weight. When we are in a lifted heel we are keeping weight/pressure into the joints which causes compression.
Then let's think of the fact also that most shoes also have a tapered toe box. OUCH!! Now we are causing that constant pressure directly into the outer edge of our big toe ball. Hum, hello Bunion, or maybe your foot tries to compensate and adjust the pressure to the outer edge then creating that undue pressure into the small toe and increasing pronation. Maybe also increasing tightness and pressure on the outer ankle, knee, and hip.