Ten Reasons You Shouldn’t Wear High Heels Anymore

Women wear high heels for number of reasons, whether to look taller, to accent the shape of their legs, or to experience the surge of power associated with the click-click of heels on tile. It seems to have become common practice to wear high heels with any outfit while going out. However, with this style comes a lot of suffering. High heels have been proven to be bad for foot health as well as posture and comfort. However, knowing this doesn’t stop women from wearing them occasionally and in some cases daily.

1. Lower Back Pain:
High heels are the ultimate fashion statement for women. They are usually chic and sexy and can up your style quotient. But comfort and stilettos do not go well together. The high heels do not give complete support to your feet. It causes an unequal distribution of weight that may trigger soreness, inflammation and pain in the lower back.

2. Sore Calves:
Sore calf muscles are another side effect of those pointed heels. It can also lead to protruding veins, which not only look appalling but are extremely painful too. If you want to flaunt your toned legs steer clear of high heels

3. Foot Pain:
High heels or stilettos have a certain shape and design that looks fashionable. After a long day on your feet in that uncomfortable footwear, you are most likely to suffer from a foot ache. You can experience a sharp pain in your toes, sole, arch or heel.

4. Damage Toe Nails:
There’s more to keeping your toe nails nice than just a pedicure. According to Loyola Medicine, high heels are the leading cause of ingrown toe nails. This occurs because the toes compress together, causing the big toe nails to grow into the skin. This can also lead to nail or fungal infections.

5. Muscle Pain And Spasms:
Long-term wear of high heels can shorten the muscles in your calves and in your back, which can cause muscle pain and spasms, according to the American Osteopathic Association. Many women also experience painful leg cramps after wearing the shoes.

6. Falling and Sprained Ankles:
When you wear flats, your weight is spread evenly between the ball of your foot and the heel, with little pressure on your ankle. Unfortunately, heels cause such an imbalance between the heel and the ball that the ankle is forced to become the fulcrum for your entire body. And, since ankles aren’t built to take that kind of pressure, falls and twisted or sprained ankles can be pretty common. It’s nearly impossible to perfectly balance, especially in very high heels, so any bump in the pavement can feel like a 10-foot wall when you’re trying to scale it in your favorite pumps.

7. Awkward Spinal Curve:
Most fashionistas wear stilettos to flaunt their hour glass figure. High heels make the lower back arch out more than usual. In fact, the height of the heel is directly proportional to the degree of arch in your back. The awkward arch can cause nasty pains in the upper and lower back regions.

8. Callouses:
When you push your feet into too-tight shoes or shoes that force your feet into unnatural shapes (such as pointy-toe shoes), you create pressure on the sides of your feet and toes. Over time, the rubbing and pushing from your favorite heels can lead to a hardening of the skin. It may not be a big deal in the winter, but come summer, you might be too embarrassed to don your strappy sandals when your feet are riddled with callouses.

9. Constricts Blood Vessels:
High heel shoes usually make the feet appear longer and thinner. The shoe shape squeezes the foot into a position that certainly isn’t natural and is anything but comfortable. The stress on your foot can result in a constricted blood flow. In extreme cases, it may cause the blood vessels to break.

10. Weakens Ligaments:
High heels weaken your ligaments. You should skip the glamorous footwear in order to protect your feet from any injury.

There might not be a substitute for the way heels make your legs look or how they make you feel when you wear them. But if your long days in heels are leaving you sore and tired, it might be time to swap your higher heels for something a bit more comfortable. After all, a lifetime of knee pain and sore ankles isn’t worth the latest in shoe fashion. Still, if you must wear your sky-high pumps, do so carefully and in small doses, and you won’t suffer the ill effects of being fashionable.

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