Heels can accentuate the legs, increase height, and they pair well with almost any clothing. However, heels are very painful to wear for extended periods. Almost every woman knows the agony of walking around all day in a pair of uncomfortable shoes, but we continuously suffer for our beauty.
Heels not only make our feet hurt, but they could cause lasting damage to our bodies.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons report that more than 7 out of 10 women get bunions from wearing uncomfortable shoes, and 9 out of 10 women’s feet issues come from wearing the wrong pair of them.
Podiatrist report that wearing heels adds unnecessary pressure on the foot bones and ball. Heels also cause leg and spine pain. The effects of improper shoe wear can even travel as far north as the head, causing severe migraines.
Other problems that result from wearing heels are ankle sprains and breaks, hammer toes, ligament damage, and tendinitis.
Constantly wearing heels can also throw off the alignment of your body, which could cause muscle spasms or spine breakdowns.
Flats also have damaging effects on the body. The lack of support from flats leads to the foot hitting the ground and rolling inward. It causes stretching in the tendons and ligaments.
Flats also cause fallen arches, tears tendons, and bone infections. These shoes can create body infections that spread to bones, which may become an even greater health issue. Flats lack of shock-absorbing heels create more pressure on the heel of your foot.
The problems caused by wearing the wrong shoes doesn’t show up immediately. It takes time for the issues to fully develop.
You can decrease or combat heel damage by buying the right size shoes. Ask a podiatrist to measure your feet to get the exact right shoe size. Find out if you have a wide, narrow, or medium foot. This detail will allow you to not only get the right size shoe but one that accounts for the width of your foot. If you cannot find a podiatrist to measure your feet, consult an online guide for step-by-step instructions.
Leave a thumb’s width between your longest toe and the front of the shoe. This gives your feet room to move in your heels.
Wear heels in moderation: wear them no longer than two hours a day, especially if you plan to stand for an extended period. Make sure that your heels are no more than an inch or two tall. Shoes three to five inches cause more pressure to your feet.
Add some inserts into your shoes for a bit more cushion. After removing shoes, massage them with some sort of rolling ball device to loosen hamstrings. Next, stretch calves and use toe separating products.
When selecting shoes, expensive shoes are usually more comfortable due to the quality of fabric and material. To save on shoes sold from premium designers, such as Johnston and Murphy, use coupons when possible.
Heels with straps tend to be more stable and help walkers stop stumbling. Cork and Rafa based shoes tend to have more cushion. Shoes with rubber bottoms have more stability, so they prevent sliding.