High heels are indispensable for women’s fashion, but are these shoes good for the health of women? Many studies have revealed that indeed, high heels may pose some risk for women, but there are also certain modifications that can be done to make this otherwise unhealthy footwear become safer to use, or services available from your local Wesley Chapel chiropractor that can help counteract some negative effects.
The Bad effects of High Heels
According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, wearing high heels habitually can lead to permanent body changes in the tendons, back, hips and knees. What makes high heels bad for women? Well, the possible injuries may originate from the changes in ergonomics that happen when someone wears stilettos and other high heeled shoes.
When you wear high heels, the weight of the body is usually concentrated on the ball of the foot. This makes the person more unstable because the weight is not distributed evenly throughout the foot. The body now compensates by pushing on the knees and hips forward. In addition, the back arches to make the body more stable. These changes make the person wearing high heels more stable, but eventually cause long term changes in the physiologic make-up of the body areas contributing to changes in posture, gait and even pain.
Aside from these, a certain study has found that wearing high heels habitually can strain the calf muscles. Women in the experimental group (those who wore high heels) have significant strain on their calf muscles than those who wore low heeled shoes. With all these evidences, it is then concluded that high heels may not be the healthiest footwear that women can use. Nevertheless, there are certain strategies to make them safer and still continue to provide glamour and sexiness to women. These include:
- Wearing alternate heights
Wearing alternate heights prevents the tendons of the foot to shorten permanently. Try to use high heels with alternate heights in this regard.
- Choose wedge shoes
Wedge shoes still give you that height, but give your feet more surface area to rest on making it healthier for the foot.
- Use high heels during special occasions
High heels should not be worn on a daily basis. If you need to walk along the street, use flat shoes or rubber shoes instead. Reserve the high heels for special occasions where you walk through carpeted and cork floors that tend to absorb tension off your feet.
- Don’t forget to stretch
A good way to rest your feet after wearing high heels is to stretch your plantar fascia by placing a stretch band on your soles and pull the band towards you. Women who are fond of wearing high heels should do this at the end of the day and before wearing the shoes.
- Use shoe inserts
There are also several shoe inserts that can be used along with high heeled shoes to provide adequate cushion and arch support to make using high heels a more pleasant experience instead of a painful indulgence.
Since using high heels is indispensable for women, employing measures to lessen the injury that these shoes pose is a good way to turn unhealthy footwear into something safe.