Wearing high heeled shoes make you look
fashionable with a stylish walk and oodles of oomph. Stilettos can give your
legs 'the miles long effect' which simply are a must for a night out - a
5" stiletto can add finishing touch to any outfit. Many women love the swishing
gait that only high heels can give.
Wearing high heels can
cause a lot of muscle strain and sometimes permanent damage
high heels on a daily basis can cause back problems - causing lower back
pains, and stress on knee joints can cause osteoarthritis
Prolonged usage of
heels can affect your posture, as wearing high heeled shoes place the heels of
feet at an unnatural angle above the toes and throws the hips, shoulders,
back and spine out of alignment
and when this happens very often it results
in severe lower back pains. The higher the heel - there is more pressure on
the front foot
this causes severe bruising and muscle fatigue
Wearing a high heeled
shoe puts the foot in a plantar flexed position (foot pointed down) with an
increased amount of pressure on the fore foot the lower body leans forward to
maintain balance, while the upper body leans backward which is abnormal.
At times you teeter around wearing high heels with hardly
a thought to what your knees have to put up with. Balancing on heels throws the
body forward while the knee remains flexed, this puts pressure on the inside of
the knee which leads to osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease
The muscles of the calf naturally contract when you walk
on heels, with long term use of high heels these muscles shorten and tighten
permanently. As you grow older and want to wear flat shoes you will feel that
these muscles cannot expand easily and cause a lot of pain in the hips,
knees and ankles
In the very same way the Achilles tendon also becomes
shorter and tighter with regular use of heels and this tendon at times becomes
inflamed - which is known as tendinitis
When you can walk like
a model the last thing on mind is that, high heels put pressure on the
hip muscles as the feet cannot propel the body forward with too much force on
There are plenty more
issues with wearing heels regularly, the constant pressure on the fore foot can
lead to pain and hammertoes, bunions and neuromas
which are all the
result of toes which are forced into narrow and slim shoes along with pressure
and tension from the position of the foot.
Be sensible while shopping for shoes. Firstly the same
size is not always correct as brands differ slightly. It is best to wear both
shoes and walk a bit - at times many people have a foot which is larger than
the other - so always buy shoes where the larger foot feels comfortable.
Don't buy shoes which have a break-in period, always buy
them only when your feet are comfortable when you try them.
Don't buy shoes where
the toe box is very narrow, the toes will develop ugly bumps and calluses.
Try to restrict wearing high heels only for
special occasions take care to
change back to your ½ inch pumps as quickly as you can.