Have you ever heard the expression, fashion is pain? High-heels come to mind right? Why do so many women not give a second thought about stepping into mile-high-heels day after day? Is it truly harmful? If you truly LOVE wearing heels, you’ll want to read further.
According to Dr. Natalie Azar, a newswoman with NBC, high heels are one of the most common causes of foot pain among women.
High-heels force your ankles forward, causing a reaction the same as standing on your tip toes. This can cause a number of health problems including: restricting blood circulation in your lower legs, spider veins, shortening of the calf muscles, stiffening of your Achilles tendon and pain and muscle spasms.
High-Heels Are Not Only Bad for Feet
Wearing high heels not only causes foot and leg pain, but the pain can also travel to other parts of your body. Because you force your backs and knees into an unnatural position, there can be negative physical effects. You have to balance, and “Come on!” How many times has your foot bent sideways because of your unsure footing? Rocks, curbs, cracks and our own inattentiveness can cause us to stumble, putting undue pressure on our back muscles.
What about knees? According to a study conducted at Stanford University, wearing high-heels 3 1/2 inches or higher puts so much stress on knees, that the risk for osteoarthritis is greatly increased. Osteoarthritis affects approximately 27 million Americans.
Experiencing any of the above? Visit a doctor soon because they could get worse. There are ways to reduce your risk. Common sense would tell you that reducing the number of days you wear high-heels, wearing shorter heels, or walking through the day in a great pair of Women’s Oxford Shoes would go a long way towards healing.