“Strong women wear their pain like stilettos. Regardless of the amount it harms, all you see is its excellence.”
Sure, beauty is a pain! Most of us are ready to make any painful sacrifice in order to look beautiful. Let’s talk about high heels…. Even your most comfortable, most luxurious pair will leave your feet aching after a couple of hours of walking in an unnatural position. Do you know that wearing high heels all day and every day of your life causes some serious health problems to your feet?
Podiatrists say that any kind of shoe that has elevation or a heel shifts your weight forward to the ball of the foot. The higher the heel, the more weight and pressure get shifted forward, making your knees and hips to push forward and your back to push backwards to counterbalance. This misalignment of your entire skeleton causes pain to the feet, leg, hip and back.
Here are why your feet are begging you to release them from that trendy new pair of high heels;
Hammer Toes happens when your toes are pressed forward and bent downwards permanently, taking away the naturally beautiful shape of your toes!
Bunions are swollen bony bumps that form on the side of the big toe.
When your toenails are ingrown it hurts or wounds the flesh around the nail. If you already have this condition, high heeled shoes will make it worse. If not, chances are that you will develop it pretty soon!
Here are more serious injuries caused by high heels;
Tendonitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon, which is the thick fibrous cord that attaches muscle to bone. The elevated foot and the forward shifted weight due to wearing high heels take away a lot of tension from the Achilles tendon, making it shorten over time. The tendons are so tight from overuse of high heels and therefore when stretched to their original length on a flat slipper make you so uncomfortable in this healthy position.
This is a tender state distressing the ball of your foot, most frequently the area between your third and fourth toes. If you suffer from this condition, you will feel the pain as if you are standing on a pebble all the time.
Other Health Issues
Other than the above health problems, there are more such as spurs (a calcium build-up on the bone), twisted ankle, arthritis, and Metatarsalgia and heel pain. If your feet are aching consistently, you need to consult a podiatrist before it is too late! Lower limb health care institutions such as podiatrist Canberra can provide you with a range of treatments to your affected feet in Belconnen, Woden, Lyneham and Kingston in Canberra, Australia.
What can You do to Help Your Feet?
Do not wear high heels!! But if you must, please follow these recommendations of podiatrists;
- Buy shoes that have cushioning and a proper arch.
- Massage and stretch your legs at the end of the day.
- Ditch worn-out shoes or those no longer fit.
- Prefer wedges and platforms to stilettos.
- Switch shoes throughout the day so as not to be on high heels all day long.
- Wear thick-soled commuter shoes while travelling to your destination.
- Make better choices of shoes most of the time and wear high heels minimally.