Six Negative Effects Of Wearing Too Much Heels
For years, women have been constantly wearing high heeled shoes and by the end of the day we end up hearing them complain of the various aches and pains that they are suffering. For those unaware, these aches and pains are simply the after effects of a very tiring and busy day. But what they don't know is that some of these aches and pains can be connected to the constant wearing of high heeled shoes. Here are some of the effects of high heeled shoes on your body.
1. Lower Back Pains. Have you noticed how you seem to be leaning forward when wearing high heels? Well, that is because every time you wear high heels, your body is being pushed forward and your hips and spine are moved out from their natural alignment. The increased curvature of the spine will result to the compression of the lower back or lower spine. Such a compression can result to lower back pain.
2. Strained and Painful Forefoot. This is usually experienced by women who wear very high heels, around 3.5 inches and up. When wearing heels, the weight is no longer distributed on the entire foot but rather is concentrated on the forefoot.
As the heel height increases, the more weight the forefoot has to bear. If this is done constantly, the forefoot will eventually give way which can result to strain. A painful forefoot is the initial sign that heel height is too high.
3. Contracted and Painful Calf Muscles. When you wear high heels, the calf muscles tend to contract in order to be able to adjust to the angle that the heel height creates. The higher the heel, the wider the angle and the more contracted your calf muscles get. When calf muscles are always in a contracted state, these tend to shorten in order to adapt thus, making it rather painful when you stretch them.
4. Osteoarthritis. This medical condition may not be an immediate result but this is also somehow related to wearing high heels constantly. It is believed that when you wear high heels, an excess force is being placed to the knee especially when walking. When this happens, there will be an increase in pressure between the knee joints causing them to rub against each other harder. As the rubbing continues, the covering between the two joints will get worn out and bones will collide. Bones rubbing against each other can result to inflammation of the joints as well as pain.
5. Hammertoe. This is another medical condition wherein the toes are bent in an unnatural manner. Hammertoe usually results from wearing high heeled shoes with narrow toe boxes. The narrow toe box prevents the toes from spreading out thus the toes will compensate by bending. Such a constant practice can result to a condition otherwise known as hammertoe.
6. Heel Pain. This is a result of a shortened and tightened Achilles tendon. This is the tendon that connects your calf muscles to your heel. If you wear high heels, the Achilles tendon is shortened; the higher the heel the shorter the tendon gets. Once the tendon is shortened, heel pain results because the tendon is unable to stretch fully and relax.