Monday, December 11

High Heels: Friend Or Foe

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High heels became a fashionable accessory which fascinates women of all ages. They can certainly add striking elegance to your persona but at the same time they contribute to many serious health problems.
         According to American Podiatric Medical Association high heels are biochemically & orthopedically unsound.

Source:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/graphic/2007/05/07/GR2007050700484.html.

Osteoarthritis

        Osteoarthritis is twice as common in women because they increase the pressure on the inside of the knee by 26% which elevates the risk for this very painful disease.
Foot Problems
       they put greater pressure on the ball of the foot which causes metatarsalgia which is pain in the ball of the foot. The pressure increases with the height of the heels. Wearing a 3inch heels increases 76% pressure on forefoot than a flat shoe.
       The increased pressure leads to Morton’s Neuroma which is 10 times more common in women than men. A narrow toe box of high heels cause thickening of tissue around a nerve between the third & fourth toes, which can lead to numbness & pain in the toes.
It can also lead to Sciatica which is triggering pain & numbness down the feet.

Unnatural Posture

      They deform your natural posture. It places your heel unnaturally above your toes which causes your lower part of the body to lean forward and to keep the balance your upper body leans back. It puts your body out of its natural alignment.

Back pain

       Wearing them requires throwing your weight forward which changes the position of spine putting pressure on nerves in the back causing pain, tingling & numbness 
Fall
       Theyl make your feet is in supinated position which puts you at risk for losing your balance causing broking ankles & other disabling injuries.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

        There is a risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis if you stand for longer period of time in these shoes causing blood clots form in deep veins, mainly in legs.
Hammertoes

 A narrow pointed toe box that often found in of high heels force the second, third or fourth toe into a permanently bent position at the middle joint that resembles a hammer which can’t be strengthened even when barefoot.
Bunions
       The narrow toe box of high heels cause painful swelling and bone enlargement at the base joint of the big toe which bends towards other toes leading to redness & pain.

Pump Bump

        Pump Bump also known as Hugland Deformity is a painful bony enlargement on the back of the heel resulted by straps and rigid back of the pump style shoe heels.

Contraction Of Calf Muscles

        Calf muscles contracts when you walk in these type of shoes. Long term wear lead to permanently stiffening and shortening of the muscle which cause them fatigue faster & decrease flexibility during running.

Headaches

       Wearing them  put the spine out of its natural alignment causing muscles behind the neck stiff & putting pressure on nerves that can lead to chronic headache.

Achilles Tendonitis

        Walking in the high heels results in shifting body’s natural alignment forward putting pressure on the Achilles Tendonitis which runs up the back of the leg from the heel. The higher the heel the shorter the tendon becomes. Wearing them constantly shorten & tighten the tendon permanently making you unable to wear anything but very high heels. You’ll get a lot of pain at the back of the heel when you try to put your foot into a flat shoe.

In-Grown Toenails

 Incidence of in-grown toenails & nail infection is higher in high heel wearer as it squeezes and squashes the toes.
                  You may not have these problems in your teen or early twenties but after reaching 30 or 40 years of age, you’ll suddenly experience all the pain, deformation & several types of health problems.
              The best way to avoid these problems is to stop wearing high heels. If it’s not possible than wear it on special occasions & no longer than three hours at a time. Whenever u get opportunity slip those high heels off & give some rest to your feet & massage it with your hands. Spend time daily to stretch & exercise your muscles to increase stability & flexibility. 
                                      By using it in moderation & taking care of your feet you can avoid the ill effects of these Killer Heels.

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