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Effect of High-Heels on the Feet

Heels are Harmful
Heels are Harmful

Effect of High-Heels on the Feet

For many years, women have been wearing various kinds of high-heels for aesthetic reasons. Wearing high-heels appear to make them taller and have longer and thinner legs, and the wearer’s gait and posture do changes. High-heels have had an association with femininity and have kept them popular over the years. There are definite health problems caused by wearing them.

Gait( the way we walk) which means cyclic voluntary movement of head , trunk and body with minimal expenditure of energy in order to propel the body from one point to another. Gait Biomechanics is an important aspect and there are gait labs in developed countries where we do motion analysis to understand gait cycle in a in better way.
When we talk of the ankle joint, the motion of the ankle joints is limited when heels are worn. The ankle joint is important to the body when it comes to walking coz of their location.

Ankle Joint


These joints have a great deal of weight put on them. Thus, it is important to keep them as healthy as possible. The Achilles tendon is the main tendon in the ankle. Wearing high-heels too often have shown, can cause the calf muscle and Achilles tendon to shorten and stiffen. This can cause problems when shoes without heels are worn.
By putting a great deal of pressure on the ball of the foot(front of the foot) and by forcing the toes into a small toe box, high-heels can cause or may worsen many foot problems. These include corns, hammertoe, bunions, Morton’s neuroma and plantar fasciitis.

Not only does wearing very high-heels regularly have negative effects on the feet, the rest of the body can suffer as well. The knees, one of the most important joints in the entire body, can be affected by wearing high-heels. High-heels causes the knees to stay bent all the time. Also, it can cause them to bend slightly inward as well. Doctors believe that women can suffer from osteoarthritis later in life because of constantly walking like in high-heels. By limiting the natural motion of the foot during walking, high-heels also cause an increased in stress on the knees.

Similarly, high-heels can cause the back to go out of alignment. If high-heels are worn constantly, the spine’s ability to absorb shock can cause continued back pain. They can compress the vertebrae of the lower back, and can overuse the back muscles.

However, this is not to say that high-heels can never be worn. If worn occasionally and not often, they will not cause serious problems. They should not be worn every day. It’s important to wear them modestly to avoid the long-term physical health problems of the feet, knees, ankles, and back mentioned in this article.



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