Watching ladies walk around in high-heels fascinates me a lot. It’s a mixture of terror and awe when among many views I get drawn to a lady wiggling away, gracefully, treading in spiked heels. I often wonder if they don’t stress out their ankles, sprain it, or ever get to damage their legs. It’s always amazing.
For women, a pair of high heels is a must-have fashion accessory. And when worn, ladies appear to be taller and have longer and thinner legs, and the wearer’s gait and posture changes.
One in ten women wear high heels at least three days a week and a third have fallen while wearing them. Statistics show that high heels are one of the biggest factors leading to foot problems in women, with up to a third suffering permanent problems as a result of prolonged wear.
Though high-heels have had an association with femininity and have kept them popular over the years, there are definite health problems caused by wearing them too frequently.
If you are going to wear high heels, you need to know not only what sorts of things your choice of shoes might be causing, but also how to help address those issues.
- Wearing high-heels could make one injure an ankle or end up with stress fractures.
Even if one only has the shoes on for a minute or two, they could potentially hurt themselves.
One does not have to spend a long time in heels in order to feel the effects. Though this type of injury probably is not the very worst thing in the world, it is undoubtedly painful and healing takes time (and sometimes some effort). An injury like this one is a potential for anyone who wears high heels for even a minute or two but can be especially risky for people who wear heels only seldom.
- Wearing high-heels can lead to Arthritis.
The joints in one knees or further down into the foot can become arthritic if one wear heels too much. This is because the way the body is compensating while standing or walking can cause the cartilage in the joints to wear down. That is something that one might not consider all that often when determining what sort of shoes to wear or how often to wear high heels, but it is something to keep in mind.
- One could experience pain in the body beyond the feet when wearing high-heels.
Wearing high heels does not just affect one’s feet, but it can make things uncomfortable elsewhere in the body as well.
Prolonged use of high heels does not just put one at risk of injury while wearing them, it leaves one at a greater risk of injury when not wearing them due to the body’s ability to adapt.
Studies show that heels have been linked to significant problems such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathies, calf issues, chronic knee pain, hamstring issues, hip problems, and back pain.
This is at least partially because of the way many carry themselves when wearing heels, which is different than the way they carry themselves when wearing flats.
- Wearing high-heels make one walk differently.
Because one carries self differently when wearing high heels and the body’s centre of gravity changes, it makes sense that the wearer might walk differently as well.
When worn too long and too often, the muscles and tendons will adapt to one standing/moving differently, so there will be effects on the plantar fascia, Achilles, calf muscle, and hamstrings. Then, when one return to ‘normal’ shoes and a ‘normal’ gait (proper extension of the foot, Achilles, calf, and hamstring), that is when one gets hit with an injury.
- The toenails can be affected too when wearing high-heels.
When a lady has an infection on the toe – fungal nail, the nail looks dystrophic or it looks strange, and not looking like it used to. This is an indication that the toenails are “traumatized” because of the contact with the high heels.
Beyond the way that high heels can make one’s nails look, they can also affect the way that they grow. Ingrown toenails are yet another potential hazard that can come with wearing high heels too much, especially if wearing heels with an exceptionally pointy toe.
- One could end up with hammer toes wearing high-heels.
Wearing shoes and having hammer toes at the same time will increase the chances of having corns on top of those hammer toes. This is because the joint is bending, and is rubbing up against the shoe. This will make the skin want to protect itself, and when this happens, actually, it has two options:
- It can either protect itself and form a callus, which is the lesser of the two evils,
- or it can break down and ulcerate.
So the wiser thing that the body does is to form the calluses and that is where the corns come from hammer toes.
Heels can lead to hammer toes and ingrown toenails.