High heels are taking the fashion world by storm. Whether it is for work or partying, heels have managed to become the hot favourite for most occasions.
But is there a host of problems such high heels carry? Maybe there is. And that is what we are going to look at today.
Why heels are the new flops.
CAUTION: In case you are a dedicated high-heeler, do proceed with care.
A study published in The Journal of Applied Physiology told that women who wore high heels moved with much shorter and forceful strides than those who didn’t. The wearers’ feet were in a perpetually flexed position. What the heel users didn’t observe was that even after kicking off their heels and walking barefoot, they still maintained the same position. This resulted in the shortening of fibres in their calf muscles and greater mechanical strain on them.
Problems Caused By High Heels
Women wearing high heels tend to walk in an altered position. This produces excess force on the inside of the knee. And the result is a painful condition of osteoarthritis. Knee joint pressure increases as much as 26 percent when a woman wears high heels.
Due to change in the position of the feet, the calf muscles contract and adjust with the angle of the high heels. This can make calf muscles tighten or shorten.
When a woman wears high heels, the centre of mass of her body is pushed forward. This pushes the hips and spine out of alignment.
Allured by fashion, some women are getting interested in making their legs appear longer. And wearing high heels is an easy way to achieve that. But what they don’t realise is they are pressurizing their forefeet as well.
High heels ruin the balance of the body. A woman wearing high heels is more prone to tripping and falling down. This can result in a sprain or a broken ankle.
The body’s weight gets imbalanced and redistributed when one wears high heels. This can lead to severe joint pain in the ball of the foot.
This is also known as ‘Haglund’s deformity’. Prolonged use of high heels can result in a bony enlargement on the backside of the heel. This is caused by the straps or rigid backs of high heels which rub against the skin causing irritation and pain.
How Can I Take A Better Pair Of High Heels?
Even though high heels pose serious problems to the foot, totally ditching them might be a tough job for you. If your self-esteem and how you feel about yourself go for a toss by avoiding high heels, then its better you continue using them with certain precautions.
No Tight Fits, Please
Tight fitting shoes are a pain. They cause a bony growth on the joint at the base of the big toe. And the result? Bunions. Not only they look ugly, but they cause pain too.
Avoid Pointed Shoes
Try your best to avoid pointed heels. They can squeeze your toes together and might cause painful bunions.
Buy Shoes At The End Of The Day
Your feet expand throughout the day. So if you purchase shoes at the end of the day, there will be less chances of you getting a tight pair.
The Ideal Heel Height
If heels are indispensable to you, then you can consider getting a pair which is no more than 1.5 inches in height. This gives you comfort and your desired height as well.
Always check for quality. Nothing wrong in shelling a few extra bucks if you are going to get benefitted in the long run.
Fashion trends have been dictating our lives. There is nothing wrong in staying up to date with them. But the trouble erupts when we turn a blind eye towards the ill effects most fashion trends come with. So the next time you are going to get a pair of high heels, make sure you get a high-quality pair. And also make sure you are using other modes of footwear too!