Ladies please read or it will cause you in the long run...
High heels are sassy, sexy and learning to walk in them is an art in itself. Is it healthy to be shoving our toes into an elegant pair of Jimmy Choo's or should we be shunning the stiletto for its flat-footed cousin? Also, is there such a thing as a high heel that's good for you?
In general, high-heeled shoes give the illusion of longer, skinnier, toned legs. Walking around on 4-inch stiletto heels engages your leg muscles and can even make your calf muscles more defined. Plain and simple, women want to look taller and they want to look slender. High heels do both.
What Doctors Think…
High-heeled shoes force the foot into a painful position. Slanted forward, weight is concentrated on the ball of the foot instead of distributed across the arch. Toes are bent upwards and crunched together. And, the raised position of the heel causes the Achilles tendon to shorten. This causes a whole host of problems, not only in your foot, but throughout your body.
Common Problems From High Heels…
Shortened, tighter and more painful Achilles tendon
Metatarsalgia- joint pain in the ball of the foot
Morton’s Neuroma- nerve and sensation problems
Foot deformities like hammertoes, corns and bunions
Altered posture and back pain
If You Just Can’t Live Without High Heel Shoes
When you go shoe shopping, you should focus on fit. This can be difficult because shoe sizes can vary greatly depending on the style of the high heel and depending on the manufacturer. So start with the shoe sizers in the stores, and take into account the width of the shoe as compared to your foot, the thickness of the heel and the shape of the toe.
Wear shorter heels, 1 ½ to 2 inches, reduces the severity of pain and stress on your body.
Wear high heels to events where you will be seated or not on your feet for long periods of time.
Bring extra, more comfortable, shoes with you when you wear heels so you can change shoes if necessary.
When possible, put comfort insoles and cushions in your high-heeled footwear.
by Sr. Editor