What High Heels Can Do to Your Feet
Most women have at least one or two pairs of high heels in their closet—at least for special occasions. But while these shoes may be fashionable, they also come with substantial risks, especially for those who wear them often.
In addition to routine pain and strain, wearing high heels can lead to more serious foot conditions and complications. And the more often you wear them, the greater your chances of suffering from significant pain and even deformity later in life.
The Problem with High Heels
Your foot is naturally designed to allow you to stand and walk comfortably all day long. The arch gently flexes as weight shifts from the back to the front of the foot, spreading out the impact force over a longer period of time and over a larger surface area. This reduces the strain on the various muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints of the foot.
Now, not everyone’s feet do this equally well—especially since today we’re spending most of our time standing and walking on hard, flat surfaces like wood, tile, and pavement. That’s why a good pair of walking shoes, and sometimes custom orthotics, are also important.
But when you put your feet in a pair of high heels, every part of your walking gait gets shifted—and not in a good way. All your weight goes to the front of your feet. The arch gets no cushioning or support. Additional strain is placed on the muscles and tendons of the lower leg.
So it’s no wonder that those who wear high heels often are much more likely to develop all kinds of painful problems.
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