The Harm in Wearing High Heels

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What damage are high heels doing to your feet?High heels create the illusion of longer, more slender legs. Any woman worth her salt has a treasured pair in her wardrobe that she can use to add oomph in her OOTD (outfit of the day).

These shoes may look aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, but wait until you have worn them the whole day. The feeling perfectly explains the quote, “Behind every beautiful thing, there is some kind of pain.” Plantar fasciitis and high heels are even interconnected because the latter is one of the root causes of the former, which is a painful orthopedic condition.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by a torn ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes. The plantar fascia is a flat band of tissue that provides support to the arch of the foot. If overstretched or overworked, this ligament gets weak and inflamed, making it difficult to stand or walk.

While both genders may experience this condition, women tend to suffer from this heel pain more than men. One cause seen as the culprit is the type of shoes they wear, particularly those with high heels.

Plantar fasciitis and high heels are connected because prolonged wearing of the heels may cause calf muscles to shrink. It affects the wearer’s normal gait, changing the weight distribution in the body. Since the feet absorb all of the weight, the uneven pressure exerted in the arch and other areas cause wear and tear in the delicate tissues.

Abrupt switching to flat-heeled shoes after wearing stilettos for a long time, however, may result to an even worse condition. It is recommended to slowly wean away from wearing high heels to avoid harming the calves and causing excessive damage to the feet.

High heels also cause a bony deformity in women’s feet called “pump bump”. They push too much body weight to the toes, squeezing them together. Overtime, they can cause toe malformations, as well as painful corns and calluses.

They also increase the risk of ankle sprains. This is because the position of the feet in the shoes stretches the ligaments beyond their normal length. A severe sprain may also result to osteoarthritis.

While heels cause discomfort, wearing a completely flat pair is also not recommended. Ballet flats and flip-flops, for instance, lack overall arch support. Doctors actually endorse choosing well-constructed shoes with a slight heel.

Shoes with lower heels allow your feet to rest in a more natural position. Opt for those with shock absorbing materials in the balls of the feet, as well as pairs that distribute the weight evenly. If possible, choose those that are no more than two inches high.

If you must, wear high heels for short periods of time only, like dinner dates where you do not need to walk or stand too much. A chunky heel is also better than the narrow one. It provides more stability and reduces tripping.

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