The Harm of High Heels
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It is true that a pair of high heels give a special touch of elegance to every outfit even if it is a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Another thing is the self-confidence that it brings. On the other side they have a stigma of being not bad for the health and not so comfortable. Still, it is not a reason that stops women from wearing them. What exactly are the negative effects that come by wearing high heels?
According to the statistics one in ten women wear high heels at least three days a week, and a third of them have an accident of falling while wearing them. High heels are one of the biggest factors causing foot pain. Up to a third of women wearing them every day suffer permanent problems as a result of that.
Heels do not allow your foot to function normally. It can cause joint disease in your foot bones, calluses, hammer toe deformities, ingrown toenails, nerve damage, bunions and every toe problem that can happen. It is said – the higher the heel the higher the impact. Hight of the heels determin the waight carried by the ball of your feet, meaning that 3 inches heels make them carry 76% of your body weight, which consequently forces you to distort your natural stride walk and distribute the weight incorrectly.
2. Achilles tendon
Any time you wear shoes that do not allow the natural shape of the foot, you are at risk for muscle spasms and pain. The main reason for this is tightening of Achilles tendon, which triggers a painful condition known as Achilles tendinitis This can make it difficult to extend your legs and walk even when you are not wearing any shoes. It is mainly because the Achilles tendon will stretch out when you take the shoes off while it was unable to stretch while you were wearing them.
Wearing high heels every day can cause extra stress on the inner parts of the knees, which on long run can lead to osteoarthritis. Heels tend to shift the weight toward the ball of your feet, making the knees to move forward in order to keep the balance. This way knees are exposed to extra stress by absorbing the shocks. Keeping your joints improperly aligned over time makes it most probably that you will develop arthritis in your knees, which in the most serious situations may require even a surgery.
Many women experience pain in the back and the lower back, not having idea that it can be a result of wearing inappropriate footwear. The hips and knees move forward to balance out the extra weight in the balls of the feet, while the lower back hyperextends backward. It gives a good look of our silhouette when wearing heels, but the back is paying the price for that by suffering a lot of stress.
If the reason you wear high heels is to look attractive, you may change your mind after realizing that wearing them frequently may cause spider veins, which is far less attractive than not having heels on your feet. This happens because circulation to the lower limbs could be cut off from the way your ankles are forced to bend forward when you are wearing heels. That may not be as painful as other negative effects caused by the high heels, but for sure is not something that a woman likes to see on her legs.