High heels are sassy, sexy and learning to walk in them is an art in itself. Wearing high heels can be fashionable and may make you feel taller, but at what price? High heels can cause foot problems while exacerbating foot problems that you already have. If you think high heels are at the height of elegance, you might want to know what long term affects you'll suffer.
- The altered posture of walking in high heels places excess force on the inside of the knee -- a common side of osteoarthritis among women. One study found that knee joint pressure increased as much as 26% when a women wears high heels.
- High heels push the center of mass in the body forward taking the hips and spine out of alignment.
- High heels make legs look longer but as the height heels goes up, so does the pressure on the forefoot.
- Calf muscles contract and adjust to the angle of high heels. Muscles may shorten and tighten.
- High heels and narrow toebox can create a thickening of tissue around a nerve between the third and forth toes, which can lead to pain and numbness in the toes.
- When the front of the foot moves down in relation to the heel, the Achilles tendon tightens up.
- Tight fitting shoes can cause a bony growth on the joint at the base of the big toe, which forces the big toe to angle in toward the other toes resulting in pain.
- The rigid backs or straps of high heels can irritate the heel, creating the bony enlargement also known as Haglund's deformity.
- High heels impair balance. A wearer is at greater risk of falling, which could lead to a sprained or broken ankle.
- High heels force the body's weight to be redistributed. Prolonged wear can lead to joint pain in the ball of the foot.
- A narrow toebox pushes the smaller toes into a bent position at the middle joint. Eventually the muscles in the second, third and forth toes become unable to straighten, even when there is no confining shoe.
If your car tires are out of alignment, you can only drive so many miles before you are at risk of blowing a tire. The same is true for your body. Things need to be in alignment. So, wear your flat shoes from time to time. Consider it preemptive rehab. Strive to never wear high heels.
It is recommended that you only wear high heels for special occasions and even then only a heel height of 1 1/2 inches. Your feet and body will thank you - and you'll save money on trips to the podiatrist's office.
P.S : Ouchh!! So the truth is out. Wearing those gorgeous high heels can do damage to your knees, back and feet. But when it comes to style, you just can't beat a good stiletto --> Tak gadis la kalau tak pakai high heels!! T_T