High heels have become a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. Paired with an office suit or a dinner dress; you’ll be the head turner when you walk into the room. However, beyond the class and glamour, high heels pose some significant health risks in the long term.
High heels incline your feet into an unnatural angle where the balls do not rotate as they should as you walk. In addition, they’re poor in shock absorption as your weight is not evenly distributed on the heel. This exerts undue pressure on other joints like the knees and ankles causing pain.
Lower back pain is also common after a day in high heels as they tend to push your pelvis forward as you walk or stand. The shoes may look all classy and elegant on your feet, but are they worth the pain?
Shoe manufacturers continue to design pointed shoes while your toe line is largely straight. If anything, the pointed shoes are considered fashionable and you’re likely to spot them with those out to make a statement. Add the pointed end to a high heel; and you have a problem in waiting. The high heel concentrates your weight on the toes as the pointed end presses them together.
In addition to being squashed against each other, they’re also pressed against the sides of the shoes. This pressure interferes with the normal growth course of nails leading them to grow into the flesh, which leaves your toes painful and unattractive.
Corns and Callouses
Squeezing the toes into such a small space and adding the body weight causes intense rubbing by the sides of the shoes; which increases whenever you’re standing or walking. With time, the impact leaves hard and dark spots on your toes commonly known as corns. Although these marks are not painful, they’re unsightly and you may have to think twice before wearing open shoes.
Normally, your weight should be evenly distributed on the foot. With high heels, the weight is borne majorly by the balls of the feet. This ends up affecting their natural padding causing pain and discomfort. The ankle is then turned into the fulcrum of the body and has to take up all that pressure. This increases the likelihood of a twisted or sprained ankle which can result into a fatal fall. Should this happen, there are a number of discount medical supplies that can help you.
Dangers aside, we have to agree that these shoes are here to stay. You do not have to do away with them all together.
There are a number of precautions that you can take to wear your heels safely:
Avoid having the heels on for a long time. Try to limit the wearing time to just a couple of hours at a time. If you want to wear the heels for a certain special event, have a comfortable low heel for travelling, and then you can wear the high heels at the venue.
Maintain minimal movement when wearing them. If the event involves long hours of standing, walking or dancing, just opt for a more comfortable pair.
Go for platform heels which raise the toes near the level of the heels. This saves the balls of the feet from excess pressure.
Give your feet some basic exercises after a day in high heels. Roll a tennis ball under the entire length of each foot to stretch the tendons and ease the strain.
That said, you can now look elegant in your high heels while still safeguarding your health.