For some, looking sophisticated has become an occupation, an addiction, an everyday routine. To this category of people, they heave a sigh of relief once they’re complimented for their looks (foot fashion). Others simply mimic what other people wear not really minding if it’s healthy per-say. Yet others do not really care about their outward appearance even when it gets near shabby, or worse in it, bad or repulsive.
The perfect, pointy pair of 6-inch heels can make any outfit, but with this style comes much suffering. High heels have the stigma of being bad for both health and comfort,but this barely stops women from wearing them. Researches have shown that these towering shoes can be costly in more ways than one, taking their toll on your spine, hips, knees, ankles and feet, while altering your posture and gait. Thus, this post is aimed specifically at educating and convincing women to take it down a notch, in their best interest!
Permit me fellow ladies to say that inasmuch as we look lovely, stylish, confident, taller, sexier and prettier in heels, we have to suffer many of its side-effects. Feed your eyes:
In case you aren’t aware? 28% of women never wear high heels. 72% of women wear high heels at some time. Percentage of women who wear heels daily by year: 1986–60%, 1996–50%, 2003–39%. Percentage of women who wear heels daily by age: 18-24 :49%, 25-49 :42%, 50+ :34%. Statistics have also shown that 77% of women wear them for special occasions, 50% of women wear them to parties and out to dinner, 33% of women wear them for dancing, while 31% of women wear them to work.
With high heels, the chest is pushed forward, the lower back is pushed forward, taking the hips and spine out of alignment, excess pressure is placed on the knees. Heels mimic the way a person walks on a ramp, increasing the pressure on the balls of the feet through a downward force. See for yourself:
High Heel Solutions:
Here are some recommendations if you will still be wearing high heels. Considering the following can drastically lower the negative effects of wearing high heels, without avoiding them all together:
- Choose sensible heels.
- Opt for shoes with leather insoles to keep foot from slipping and reduce the impact on knees.
- Make sure your shoes are the right size.
- Wear heels on days that require limited walking and standing.
- Alternate your shoe choice throughout the day or from one day to the next.
- Don’t go for the pointed toe.
- Stretch leg muscles before and after putting them on.
The final word on foot health:
Dr. Nevins speaks: “Don’t let your sense of style cripple your ability to stand or step pain-free. Your feet are, quite literally, your base of support. If your feet aren’t happy, nothing above them will be. Take a closer look at your shoe selection (I’d rather say collection) and take small steps now to prevent big foot problems later.”