High-heel wearers have problems walking flatfoot, although it is a well-known fact that it is actually the stiletto that causes painful ankles. In a study, Marco Narici from Manchester Metropolitan University and Robert Csapo, from the University of Vienna, Austria, compared two groups of women - one regular high-heel wearers and another who didn't. Empowering Better Health Manage Your Diabetes Manage Your Hypertension Manage Your Kidney Health Manage Your Sex Life Health Tips Csapo and Olivier Seynnes, another researcher, then compared the muscle fibre length in the women's calf muscles. The results revealed that the high heel wearers' muscle fibres were 13 percent shorter than those of the women who wore flat shoes. Narici explains that when you place the muscle in a shorter position, the fibres become shorter. However, by shortening the fibres, the muscles would have to contract more to shorten by the same length, and if this was the case the high heel fans' calf muscles could no longer function optimally and thus would produce less force than the flat shoe wearer's calf muscles. Also, the high heel fans' tendons were much thicker and stiffer than the flat shoe wearers. The Achilles' tendon compensates for the shortened muscle fibres in the calf muscle, allowing the fashion addicts' calf muscles to function optimally as they walk, but causing discomfort when walking on flat feet because the tendon cannot stretch sufficiently. Narici suggests stretching exercises regularly to avoid the soreness when women kick off their high heels. The study is published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.Source: ANI << Alcoholics Get Comfort Through Confiding in Clergy Restricting Salt Intake Prevents Heart Problems >> Recommended Reading High Heels can Be Killing You Slowly Women are doing long-term damage to their health by wearing higher heels, and for longer, experts have warned. READ MORE How to look tall Appearing to be tall than you actually are isn't as hard as you'd thought.Here are some clever tactics for you to appear taller. READ MORE Varicose Veins Varicose veins are swollen, twisted and sometimes painful veins. They are commonly found on the insides of the legs between the groin and the ankle, and at the back of the calf. READ MORE Periodic Limb Movement Disorder Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is a sleep disorder which causes repetitive cramping or jerking of the legs, resulting in disturbance of sleep. READ MORE Body Types and Befitting Workouts Workout and diet which is well suited for a pear shaped body. READ MORE Walking As An Exercise People walk for many reasons ranging from pleasure to mental relaxation, finding solitude or for exercise. READ MORE Walking for Fitness and Weight Loss A few extra steps a day are enough to keep you fit. READ MORE Who Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain? Walking early morning would improve your health as it helps heart and brain to function properly. Find more about its benefits for your body. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Post-Nasal Drip Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Noscaphene (Noscapine) More News on: Body Types and Befitting WorkoutsWalking for Fitness and Weight LossWalking As An ExerciseWho Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain?