Medical effect of high heels
According to Dr. Chetan Patl, MD, Orlando Spine Surgeon from the Spine Health Institute, wearing heels actually forces your body out of its natural alignment and causes you to lean forward when you stand and walk. This awkward stance will strain your back and neck muscles that result in body aches and pains.
The long-term risk and immediate damage of wearing high heels is on the back because of the way you are postured on the heels. Podiatrists recommend wearing the basic kitten heel only for an average of four hours, the medium-sized heels for a maximum of three hours, and the stiletto for only an hour. Wearing heels beyond its recommended time of use could cause stress on the body. The constriction and awkward angle you are walking on your toes can lead to foot pain and aggravation of bunions.
Long term effects of high heels
Heels, in general, are not comfortable, and our feet are not designed to walk in awkward arched angles that pinch the toes. Many studies about feet, in general, say that there is nothing healthy about wearing high heels. Long-term ill-effects of wearing high heels include:
- bone spurs (smooth bony growths near joints)
- plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the fibrous tissue along the bottom of your foot)
- possible deformities
After many years of wearing high heels, the wearer’s body readjusts due to the shoes, she may eventually experience additional discomfort when wearing simple flat shoes or even when walking barefoot. The human body adapts to the shape of the heels, and this causes irritation when wearing other types of shoes.
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