Many people may believe the look of high-heeled shoes increases the height in a way that is pleasing to the eye. If you are an avid high-heel wearer, you may be doing harm to many parts of your body without even realizing it. There are several reasons why regular high-heel wearing is not worth the risk of looking good. Here are some of the effects frequent heel-wearing can have on the body.
You may believe that wearing high heels will improve your posture. Wearing heels actually has the opposite effect. You usually do not see someone appearing slumped over as they walk in shoes that make them taller. When you wear heels, you usually need to adjust the rest of your body so your center of gravity is pushed a bit forward. This will help you walk in a way where you will not fall. When you have your heels on, you will appear tall, with great posture. When you take your shoes off, your posture is altered. Your body "remembers" the positioning it was in when the heels were on, making you appear to walk with a gait when your heels are no longer on your feet.
When the shoes are removed at the end of a long day, you may experience pain in your lower back, calf muscles, ham strings, or knees. Since these parts of the body need to work harder at keeping your body upright, they are bound to experience pain after being overcompensated for hours. This can lead to trips to a chiropractor or perhaps even a need for pain medication. The knees may become prone to arthritis after excessive wear.
Many high-heeled styled shoes come to a point at the toe area. The toes are all squished together within the shoe, leading to a variety of problems. In time the feet will become gnarled and less than attractive. You may experience bunions, hammertoes, or other deformities of the feet. The toe area often takes the brunt of the weight of your body. The toes often need to grasp the interior of the shoe in an attempt to remain upright. Wearing heels can lead to pain after several hours of wear. Many people who wear heels regularly find they need help from a podiatrist, such as Jeffrey M Marks DPM, at some point. To keep your feet appearing sandal-ready for the summer, ditch the heels in the winter.