The trouble with high heels

First watch this:

Now from what I’ve read and discussions I’ve had, it’s not that wearing heels every so often is a bad thing, it’s that wearing them all the time and insisting on wearing heels higher than 2 inches no less well lead to health problems. Each time you slide on those “bad boys” you are altering the distribution of your weight, forcing your foot to slide forward into an unnatural shape. How you move or stand while in them can put serious strain on your knees, hips, and lower back. With time the pain you withstand for beauty’s sake might ultimately cost you a hell of a lot more than a new pair of Louboutins.

Now I know there are a lot of you, who unlike me, can’t live without your heels. They are a part of your self-expression, a statement, a claim of prestige or wealth…so how do you enjoy them without causing yourself unnecessary harm? Dr Nevins has a few good suggestions.

  1. Choose sensible heels. Select shoes with low heels – an inch and a half or less – and a wide heel base; a slightly thicker heel will spread the load more evenly. Narrow, stiletto-type heels provide little support and three-inch or higher heels may shorten the Achilles tendon.
  2. Wear soft insoles to reduce the impact on your knees.
  3. Make sure your shoes are the right size so the foot doesn’t slide forward, putting even more pressure on the toes. Pick a shoe with a wide enough toe box to allow you to wiggle your toes.
  4. Wear heels on days that require limited walking or standing.
  5. Alternate your shoe choice throughout the day or from one day to the next. Don’t wear your high heels all day; and wear more comfortable shoes, such as athletic or walking shoes for commuting to and from work. Wearing shoes that allow your body to move naturally during walking will allow your feet, legs, hips and back to stretch.
  6. Stretch. Take time every day to stretch your calf muscles and feet. Dr. Nevins recommends standing on the edge of a step with your shoes off. With your weight on the balls of your feet and your heels extending off the edge, drop your heels down to stretch. You can also put a pencil on the floor and try to pick it up with your toes.

So if they hurt, chuck ’em, if you think heels aren’t practical but feel pressured…know there’s quite a few of us who’ll opt for a nice comfy pair of flats any day and if you must go all out with your heel choice, number 6 is definitely something you need to keep in mind.

 

Do you think heels are worth it? Share your thoughts below 🙂

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