Dangers Of High Heels

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    Many women wear high heels every day some to make them look taller, others just because they’re cute. Did you know that high heels can damage your body?


    Most women are wearing heels these days because they look cute and provide height. But there are consequences when it comes to wearing heels. They have a bad reputation for being bad for comfort, but this hardly stops women from wearing them. These shoes can be costly in more ways than one, they can damage the hips, knees, ankles and feet.


    One in ten women wear high heels at least three days a week, and a third have fallen while wearing them. Statistics shows that high heels are one of the biggest factors that lead to foot problems in women. A third of these women are suffering from permanent problems from constantly wearing them.


    Wearing heels frequently can cause long-term problems because you are constantly bending the toes into an unnatural position. This can cause ingrown toenails and irreversible damage to leg tendons. Shoving the toes in a heel can cause nerve damage and bunions. They have also been linked to overworked or injured leg muscles, osteoarthritis of the knee, plantar fasciitis, and low back pain.
     
     
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    When you wear heels that are higher than two inches, the foot slides forward in the shoe which forces the toes into an unnatural shape, and redistributes weight incorrectly. Having increased weight on the toes can cause the body to tilt forward, so you lean back to balance yourself, which overarches the back and this can create a posture that strains the hips, knees and lower back. Changing the spine puts added pressure on the nerves in the back, and this can cause sciatica.
    Wearing heels often shortens the calf and back muscles that can lead to pain and muscle spasms. Women who wear high heels can suffer from a shortening of the Achilles’ tendon because once the heel is pointed upwards the tendon tightens up. When you switch shoes, it can be painful and lead to plantar fasciitis.


    How to protect your feet and legs from damage:


    1. Pick sensible shoes: shoes with a heel that are 1-2 inches and with a wide heel base with a slightly thicker heel will spread your weight more evenly.


    2. Stretch: Be sure to stretch your calf muscles and the feet.


    3. Correct size shoes: This will make sure that your feet don’t slide forward and put more pressure on the toes. But, you want enough room in the toe area to move your toes around.


    4. Wear soft insoles: this reduces the impact of your weight on the knees.


    5. Alternate shoes daily: if you’re going to heels, don’t wear them all day.
     
     
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