Us girls have all likely heard the old adage, ‘beauty is pain’. In fact, we may say it to ourselves as we squeeze our darling feet into yet another pair of high heels and set off for work, a lunch with the girls, a night out, or wherever else our feet need to take us.
It is all too easy to presume that, just because many women the world over wear high heels, they can’t be doing our feet any harm. Is this really true? Let’s take a quick look at the impact of wearing high heels on our precious feet.
Do You Really Feel Comfortable In High Heels?
If you answer honestly, you will likely say, ‘no’! Even that trusty, favorite pair of heels that we brag about being the epitome of comfort, do leave our feet aching at the end of the day. Why?
When a shoe elevates your heel, it shits your weight onto the ball of your foot. The higher the heel, the greater the shift in weight. What happens next? Your knees and hips find themselves needing to push forward while your back goes in the opposite direction, all in an attempt to keep you balanced!
How Does This Have An Impact On Your Feet?
It’s not just your poor skeleton who is crying in complaint at the sight of high heels, your actual feet are right in the line of fire.
Since your toes are being pushed forward they can become permanently bent downward (known as hammer toes). You can also develop unsightly bunions and ingrown toe nails, not the most attractive look to have for your feet!
The Tendonitis Issue
It’s not just how your feet look on the outside that is the issue, but also what is going on inside. Constantly wearing high heels can lead to muscle overuse. The strain on the ankles and tendons around the foot can easily cause a person to develop tendonitis. In addition, all of that extra pressure and weight at the front of the foot can lead to a stress fracture, pinched nerves or heel spurs, not to mention developing arthritis down the line, which might lead to you having surgical procedures on your feet!
It’s Not All Doom And Gloom For Heels
Granted, we have been focusing on the negative side to wearing high heels, but don’t worry, you don’t need to feel that you should ban them from your life and wardrobe forever! However, being aware of the damage which high heels can cause to your feet should certainly make you re-think how often you wear them.
Take a moment to think about the previous month, how many times have you worn high heels? Can you count the days on just one hand? Or do you need six hands to count them on? Remember, you are only blessed with one pair of feet and they need to last you a lifetime, make sure that you don’t allow high heels to cause serious damage to them!