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Are high heel shoes bad for your feet?

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  1. GirlSmarts on Nov 30, -0001 Reply

    Wearing high heeled shoes on special occasions won’t hurt you. However, wearing them excessively can actually cause long term problems for you. High heels put your foot in an unnatural position which in turn affects your feet and body posture.

    Extended wear of high heels and continually bending your toes into an unnatural position can cause a range of problems, from ingrown toenails to irreversible damage to leg tendons. Additionally, cramming your toes into a narrow toe box can cause nerve damage and bunions. High heels have also been linked to overworked or injured leg muscles, arthritis of the knee, plantar fasciitis and low back pain. High heels also put you at a higher risk of falling. They do not provide enough support to your feet and in turn affect your ability to balance. Lastly, wearing high heels can also damage your back and spine. Wearing high heels forces you to lean forward. Your body’s response to you leaning forward is to decrease the curve of your lower back to help you keep your balance. This causes poor body alignment and can lead to muscle pain and other health complications in the future.

    BUT, you do not have to give up your heels. Rather, choose sensible heels. Select shoes with low heels – an inch and a half or less – and a wide heel base and wear soft insoles to reduce the impact on your knees. Wear heels on days that require limited walking or standing and 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. Lastly, stretch out your legs and feet after wearing heels.

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