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Head Over Heels: Long-term damages of high heels

Beauty is one of those words that have a thousand ways to describe. For some, it’s a confident personality whereas for others, it could mean elegance. However, to most women, the route to achieve the poise, elegance and confidence lies in the 4-inch stilettos because the rationale here is the longer the legs, the more beautiful you appear.

Now, there is no right or wrong answers here but there is a very important price that you have to pay for beauty. No, it’s not the thousands you have to spend on a Steve Madden neither it is the hundreds you spend on a pair of Aldo platforms – it’s the price you pay for wearing said shoes.

Pain may be a part of beauty but long-term damaging pain? Let’s take a step back and think about that! Here are reasons why:

1. High heels damages leg tendons

Being on your tip-toes regularly is certainly no fun and undeniably painful, isn’t it? Well, imagine this, while you may be strutting and swaying your hips, your calf muscles are actually gradually shortening. The result of this is a stiffer Achilles tendon and believe it or not, it will hurt even more on flats because your tendon is permanently shorter causing a difficulty in stretching your calf muscles.

2. High heels alters postures

Contrary to popular belief, high heels may give an outward poise but internally, your posture is quietly changing – almost literally bending over backwards to look good. This happens because high heels tend to push the body forward when you walk and forces your spine and hip out of alignment.

3. High heels causes osteoarthritis

Because of the poor posture high heels set your body in, other parts of your body will fall victim as well. For instance, your knees will receive a lot of pressure from your body’s mass pushing forward and eventually cause osteoarthritis to the extent where there may even be bone-to-bone contact in your knee joints.

4. High heels causes foot alteration

The hypothesis here is the higher the heel, the more pressure on the forefoot. Which makes sense because your heel is lifted therefore pressure will travel straight down to your toes. So, basically, the only part of your body supporting you is actually your tiny toes. With this come many other foot deformities such as:

  • Bunions: a bony growth at the base of your big toe caused by tight-fitting, narrow-headed heels causing your toe to angle toward your other toes.
  • Corn: a lump on the foot caused by friction between skin and edge of toebox.
  • Hammertoe: a permanently deformed foot where the muscles in the toes are unable to straighten even without shoes prior to the bending of the middle foot joint caused by a narrow toebox.

Although it may be many women’s guilty pleasure to pair their favorite black dress with a pair of stunning heels, and trust me, it is no sin to dress to kill; however, let’s not kill your foot while you’re at it. So keep it minimal and take good care of what’s keeping you standing.

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