“I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.”
DO WE OWE HIM OUR HEALTH?
Millions of women wear high heels almost every day. But what most don’t know is that they’re routinely putting themselves at risk of permanent physiological damage to their knees, hips, back and tendons. Yeah, high heels are cute, but are you really willing to pay THIS MUCH for the cuteness? I bet not!
Any time you wear shoes that restrict the natural shape of the foot, you’re at risk for pain.
– Extended wear of high heels and continually bending your toes into an unnatural position can cause a range of ailments, from ingrown toenails to irreversible damage to leg tendons. Additionally, cramming your toes into a narrow toe box can cause nerve damage and bunions.
-When you wear high heels – shoes with a heel two inches or higher – your foot slides forward in your shoe, forcing the toes into the unnatural shape of the shoe and redistributing your weight incorrectly. The increased weight on your toes causes your body to tilt forward, and to compensate, you lean backwards and overarch your back, creating a posture that can strain your knees, hips, and lower back.
The change to the position of your spine puts pressure on nerves in the back and can cause sciatica, a condition where nerves become trapped, triggering pain and numbness as far down as the feet.
Over time, wearing high heels can shorten the muscles in your calves and in your back, leading to pain and muscle spasms.
Don’t let your sense of style cripple your ability to stand or step pain-free. Focus on your basic life needs and choose comfort and health over fashion. Wishing you happy feet! =)