High heeled shoes are a symbol of sophistication and sex appeal among many women in the United States. High heels are a staple item of dress for about half the women in the United States. Despite the dedication shown to high heels by their wearers, they are also a source of a number of physical ailments. Below is more information about what harm high heels can do to your body, and how you can prevent painful, debilitating problems by being proactive:
Foot and ankle pain
The most obvious problem caused by high heeled shoes is foot pain. In fact, the latest evidence indicates that among women the number one source of foot pain is the wearing of high heels, so the problem is widespread and serious. Specifically, high heels can cause several ailments in feet and ankles; here are a few of the most common:
The wearer of high heels is not only suspect to feet pain, but back pain is also a consequence from wearing them too often. High heels make the wearer lean forward while walking in order to maintain balance, and this causes a ripple effect up the legs, down the spine and into the muscles of the back. After a period of time, this can cause significant, painful back problems such as pinched nerves and spinal disc inflammation.
Another area of the body that can be permanently harmed by wearing high heeled shoes is the knee. The latest research on the effects of wearing high heels on the knees concludes that high heels are a source of premature aging of the knees and may even cause osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis results in the destruction of knee cartilage which serves to protect the ends of the bones; when the cartilage is gone, the bones can rub against each other and cause extreme pain. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, so the consequences are steep for wearing high heels in this regard.
How to keep your feet healthy
The best way to prevent injuring and crippling your body is to stop wearing high heel shoes altogether. However, if that isn't a realistic option for you, there are still several things you can do to control the potential damage:
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