Dr. Bates explains if a woman can still wear high heels after an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction.
There’s thought to be some problems with a subtle incidence of some pain wearing a heel after an ACL reconstruction, but more likely it’s related to the use of a bone graft from the anterior part of the knee called the patellar tendon which takes a bit of that tendon in conjunction with a bone plug from both the tibia and the patella to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament. That may be more related to the anterior knee discomfort that you may see after an ACL reconstruction in a female, especially with the use of a high heel.
About Dr. Bates, M.D.:
Dr. James E. Bates, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement surgery and sports medicine at Alvarado Hospital. Dr. Bates places his focus in sports medicine and the reconstruction and replacement of damaged bones, joints, and cartilage resulting from sports injuries, traumatic injuries, and tumors of the extremities. He was trained at the Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. As an orthopedic surgeon, Navy Flight Surgeon, and Navy Diving Medical Officer, he serves as a consultant to the San Diego-based Navy SEAL Teams.