The high heel has become a standard when it comes to women foot wear. From short heels to sky-high platforms and from thin stilettos to broad blocks or wedges, heels has become a must-have foot-wear in every woman’s wardrobe. It can be the difference between a clear fashion statement and a plain uninteresting outfit. Unfortunately, they begin to hurt a few minutes after putting them on and most women have had to endure the pain in exchange for the stylish look it offers. The cost of wearing high heels goes beyond the damage on your budget. There are other negative impact it causes to your body, especially when worn over time.
Your feet are designed to provide a good balance when carrying the weight of your body. Wearing heels forces your feet into an unbending position, stopping it from providing shock absorption and the natural balance they are designed for. This puts a lot of strain on the balls of your feet, causing your natural cushion to wear off faster. According to Women’s Health the knee is built to take a licking, but frequent high-heel use can put extra stress on the inner sides of the knees, fast-tracking the wear and tear that leads to osteoarthritis. Wearing heels forces your ankles to bend forward, a movement that could restrict circulation in your lower limbs. Over time, stiletto devotees can develop chronically taut (and shortened!) ankle and calf tendons, making walking—even in flats—painful.
Shortening of your Achilles Tendons
Walking in heels also stiffens and shortens your Achilles tendons, which anchor your calf muscles to your heels. What this means is that high heels can actually shorten the length of your legs! According to Live Science, heels can actually create a physiologically change in the muscles and tendons around the ankles. So, when barefoot or wearing flats, the wearer can feel immense pain and stretching. Other studies have shown that although your legs won’t grow, the calf muscles will begin to stretch out after you ditch the heels and settle for a pair of flats.
Lower Back Pain
Wearing heels pushes your pelvic forward especially when you walk or stand. This is responsible for the seemingly bigger butt you may have when wearing high heels. This actions puts a lot of pressure on the lower back which caused pain even after remove the heels.
Callouses and Ingrown Toenails
High heels tend to force your feet into unnatural shapes, putting pressure on the joints of your toes, the sides and back of your feet. Over time, the skin around these pressure points begin to harden (and sometimes, darken), as a result of the frequent rubbing from this shoes. This can give your feet an unflattering look and feel especially when you want to wear those nice pair of sandals! There is also the danger of ingrown toenails due to the pressure on the largest and little toe. An ingrown toenails occurs when the sides of your toes begin to grow into the flesh of your toe. It is a very painful experience.
Falling and Sprained Ankles
Flat shoes allow your weight to be evenly spread between the ball of your foot and the heel, with little pressure on your ankle. Unfortunately, heels do not allow such balance so that the ankle is forced to become the fulcrum for your entire body. Since ankles aren’t built to take that amount of pressure, falls and twisted or sprained ankles can be quite common.
Wondering what alternatives there are? Here are tips to reduce the effects of wearing high heels.