Ladies Pay A Price For High-Heeled Shoes
High heels and stilettos are very popular and fashionable among women especially in today’s modern society. Not only do they make you look taller but also sexier and prettier when matched with your favorite dress or gown.
So what are the harmful effects of wearing high heels? Are you aware that high heels not only cause chronic foot problems, but it also leads to common complaint like leg and back pain? If you have existing foot problems like plantar fasciitis, hallux valgus, bunions, hammer toe or ingrown toenails, the problem can be further exacerbated.
Statistics show that more than 20000 women visited the hospital or podiatrist due to falls or sprained ankles. Many studies have also highlight that these sexy and lovely high-heeled shoes of yours can take a toll on your spine, ankles, hips, knees and feet, while altering your posture and gait.
Negative Effects of High Heels on the Body
The body’s center of gravity shifts forward when standing on high heels. This affects the appropriate standing posture as the body attempt to make a series of adjustments. A 1-inch heel is enough to tilt the body forward by about 10 degree. So what does it mean if your body is rigid and does not adjust to the change? Yes! You will have toppled and fall forward. As such, in order to gain balance, your body will make postural adjustments from the toes all the way up to the spine.
Well, the fact is that 3-inches high heels are more appealing than lower ones, right? When you are wearing 3-inches high heels, it actually curls your toes at your foot while raising and straining the arch. Generally, higher arches are preferred than lower arches as the former looks more attractive.
In the leg, the calf muscles protrude more in higher heels giving the impression that the legs are strong and slender with beautiful muscle tone. At the knee, it is bent when the heel is lifted up. To maintain a straight posture, tension is created in the thigh muscle which looks firm and strong as well. Usually, with a 3-inches heel, the pelvis is tilted forward 10 to 15 degree which leads to a “sexy” curvature in the spine. This makes the buttocks appear protrude 25% and lifted up the breasts.
That is how a sexy and wavy body posture is obtained and explains why 3-inches high heel is apparently more popular and loved by most women. However, it is also due to these minor postural adjustments that can have negative effects on the body after a long period of time.
However a lot of women fall on high hills resulting ankle sprains and strains
2. Ankle/foot disorders
High heel shoes could lead to bunions, foot/ankle arthritis and back pain; this is common in women. Women to improve their height and carriage, go for high heel shoes which put strain on the ankle joint and the joints of the small bones of the feet; the foot is made up of several small bones held together by ligaments.
They (women) could also suffer from bunion; a painful swelling on the foot especially the big toe.
High heels height determines the weight carried by the footwear, as the heel gets higher, the pressure increases on the fore front or ball of the foot.
About thirty years ago, men also wore high heel shoes called orthopaedic shoes but it is out of fashion now.
3. Back pain:
Wearing high heels causes Lumbar spine flattering and a posterior displacement of the head and thoracic spine. High heels put the foot at an angle and pull muscles and joints out of alignment, poor alignment may lead to muscle overuse and back pain. It is not unusual for people who spend lots of time in high heels to have low back, neck and shoulder pain
Structurally, the plantar fascia in the foot is connected to the calf muscle, which in turn connects to the hamstring. The hamstrings attach to the pelvis and low back, which is why wearing high heels can make your back ache along with your feet. Also, walking on the balls of your feet will shift your center of gravity forward, forcing you to arch your back when you stand and further contributing to back pain.
Heels mimic the way a person walks and stand on a ramp, increasing pressure on the balls of the feet through a downward force. A high-heeled shoe places an increased amount of pressure on your forefoot, causing you to adjust the rest of your body to maintain your balance. The lower part of your body leans forward and to compensate for that the upper of your body must lean back to keep your balance.
5. Anatomical changes:
Daily high heels use over a number of years can actually lead to changes in your anatomy, teetering on stilettos puts undue stress on the knees as the weight of the body shifts forward. Additionally, wearing of high heels causes Spondylolisthesis, or the slippage of one vertebra forward over another, especially in the lumber region of the spine where the body’s weight is concentrated.
6. Foraminal stenosis:
wearing of high heels causes Spondylolisthesis, or the slippage of one vertebra forward over another, especially in the lumber region of the spine where the body’s weight is concentrated. Foramina stenosis is a spinal nerve condition that occurs when anatomical abnormalities block or reduce space in one or more foramina. Foramina stenosis in the lower back can cause symptoms of shooting pains, in addition to numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, spasms, cramping and pain that radiates through the buttocks and down the leg.