High heel shoes are more popular than ever and many women often ask: “Can wearing heels really be bad for my body?
Regular wearers of high heels who have foot, back or knee problems also wonder if they can wear the stylish shoes they love in any way comfortably. Podiatrists and orthopaedic surgeons often see first hand some of the problems associated with wearing high heels.
Studies have shown that high-heeled shoes exert excessive pressure on the plantar surface or sole of the foot, which can lead to metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot), excessive stress on the ankles and painful calluses.
1 The higher the heel This is the likelihood that muscular imbalances will occur when walking in shoes, causing certain leg and foot muscles to work too hard. These imbalances can lead to problems such as knee pain, heel pain (plantar fasciitis) and hammer toes.
Sometimes an occasion requires a good-looking pair of heels, but no one wants to sacrifice their health and well-being for fashion. The following celebrity photos show common mistakes women make when choosing heels and will help you choose better shoes for your comfort and health.
Error 1: The Shoe does not Fit
Notice the gap between the shoe and the wearer’s heel and arch areas – this probably indicates a shoe that is too long and too wide. This can cause the foot to move in the shoe when walking and will certainly cause pain and discomfort.
In this case she probably chose a style that was too wide for her foot.
You will be surprised that your shoe size has changed over the years.
A change in foot size can often be attributed to hormonal changes and natural changes in soft tissue that occur with age.
Better choice: Next time you buy shoes, measure your feet for length and width. Note that the shoe with the right size may not always fit well. So try a few different models until you find the most comfortable fit.
Error 2: Extreme Height
One of the most common problems with high heels is pain under the ball of the foot. A higher heel means more strain on the ball of the foot, ankle and knee, which increases with height. Better choice: Although these heels have an extreme heel height and appear too small (note the dangling toes), they have three preferred characteristics:
- The thickness under the ball of the foot compensates for part of the heel height and, depending on the material of the shoe, may provide better cushioning than a shoe with a thinner sole.
- The lumpy nature of the shoe heel is preferable to a high heel as it is more stable.
The heel is positioned more towards the back of the shoe, which is more stable than a heel positioned more towards the middle of the shoe.
Error 3: Not Enough Coverage
The only things holding this shoe to your foot are a tiny ankle strap and a small amount of material over the toes. While she carries the weight on her right foot, the shoe gapes over the middle of her foot and heel, indicating that the support is insufficient.
This allows too much movement on an already unstable, elevated heel. You can bet that when you go for long walks in these shoes you will have tired, sore feet and the risk of spraining your ankle. Better Choice: It’s best to choose styles that fit the shape of your foot well and provide enough material to keep your foot in the shoe. A good example is a boot with high heels or a shoe with straps in the toe area, arch and ankle.
Error 4: Toe Torture
It is painful to see the toes pressed into these pointed shoes. Apart from pushing the toes into a tight space, there is a problem with the toe material of the shoe not covering enough toes. This forces the toes to work harder to maintain stability, which may contribute to toe contractures like hammer toes. Better choice: A better choice is a shoe that has more material over the toes and more of a rounded toe box. Another toe problem that can be aggravated by high heel shoes is bunion malpositioning.