Do you or the women you know love wearing high heels? Do you feel your outfit for the day is incomplete without your favorite pair of heels?
High heels have been a symbol of a sophisticated woman for a long time now. Heels have been worn by fashion-minded women and they’ve become a huge part of style and glamour. A pair of high heels has become a must-have fashion accessory for women across the globe.
However, this particular accessory is not without its undoings. Heels are the main culprit in millions of foot and ankle complaints across the globe, but women still wear heels with little care.
Whether you’ve noticed a constant pain in your foot and back or a decline in your bank account as your shoe collection grows, understanding the true cost of high heels might be enough to make wearing your favorite heels more of an every once in a while affair than an everyday occurrence.
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Consider the following side-effects before wearing high heels
Awkward spinal curve
Most fashionistas are either required to wear them or they simply do so because they love to. Most of them wear stilettos in order to enhance or flaunt their hourglass figure, not knowing that the same high heels can make the lower back arch out more than it should naturally. The awkward arch can cause pains in the upper and lower back regions which may turn into a life-long problem.
Constricted blood vessels
The shape of the high heel is usually narrow which squeezes the foot into a position that is certainly not natural and far from being comfortable. This causes stress on the foot which can result in a constricted blood flow. And guess what? In the worst situations and extreme cases, wearing high heels may cause the blood vessels to break.
There is no doubt, they have a design that can add elegance to your stride. But wearing them for the whole day can make it uncomfortable. This can lead to foot ache, even sharp pain in your heel, toes, sole, or arch.
One of the dangerous side effects of wearing them is getting a hammertoe. And what is that? Your foot’s unnatural position for long hours will lead to a strain on the calves, blood vessels, and back. This leads to a deformity of the foot, called hammertoe.
Hyperextension in toes
One of the common side-effects of wearing them is hyperextension in toes. Wearing heels every day and for a long period of time can fix your toes in permanent hyperextension, which can eventually cause a sprain.
Haglund’s deformity is also called pump bump. This is also one of the most common side-effects caused by prolonged wearing of heels. This condition is defined when there is a bony enlargement on the back of one’s heel. The soft tissue next to your Achilles tendon also gets irritated when this bony enlargement tends to rub against the high-heel shoes.
The awkward curvature of the leg while wearing heels puts unnecessary pressure on the knee joint causing knee pain. This can turn out to be a scary situation as it can lead to “osteoarthritis” in most women.
Lower back pain
High heel shoes may very well be the ultimate fashion statement for women. They are chic and sexy and instantly up your style quotient. But your spine is not in much favor of high heels.
Because high heel shoes do not give complete support to your feet. They lead to unequal weight distribution which may trigger off pain in the lower back, inflammation, and soreness.
This may be one of the most important side-effects of wearing heels. Not many of us are aware but the height of the heels and a narrow toe box can thicken the tissues around the nerves between the toes resulting in Morton’s neuroma, the common symptoms of which can go from numbness, weight-bearing pain to paresthesia (tickling skin sensation).
Another side-effect of wearing pointed heels is sore calves that can lead to protruding veins, which not only look unattractive but are very painful too.
Shortened Achilles Tendon
This might be one of the more worrying side effects of wearing heels: According to research, women who wear heels over a long period of their lives actually shorten their Achilles tendon. With the heel in the lifted position, heels can actually create a physiological change in the muscles and tendons around the ankles. That means, when barefoot or wearing flats and shoes that cause the heel to reach the ground, the wearer can feel immense pain and stretch.
Ladies, be prepared to face tendon problems if you wear heels more than 5 days a week. When it happens, it might shrink your calf muscle fibers by about 13%.
As per research, tendon problems due to overuse of high heels can also thicken one’s Achilles tendon. They can permanently change the resting position of the ankle, making the foot point down more than usual.