Women's Health News

High Heels, The Truth Behind Your Stilettos

 Top Stories
High Heels, The Truth Behind Your Stilettos
August 20
14:54 2016

If you have a devotion to high heels and you would rather buy killer pumps than a pair of flats, you may be in trouble.

“They [high heeled shoes] have their role,” said Dr. Neil Naftolin a Toronto-based podiatrist. “For women who want to dress up and wear something nice for a short period of time, it’s okay. Problems come with women wearing them for long periods of time.”

According to Dr. Naftolin, your favourite pumps may create a whole range of medical issues. High heels bend your feet into an unnatural position, potentially causing problems like hammer toes, bunions, ingrown toenails, and damage to leg tendons and nerves. The pressure your toes are experiencing pushes your body forward, and while you are trying to balance your weight, you tilt your body backwards. This position creates a forward curve posture, which may result in problems with your lower back, hips and knees.

Women wearing high heels for several years may find it hard to walk flat or barefoot, unable to plant down their heels. When pumps lift your heels for a long period of time, your calf muscles tend to shorten, which later causes pain and problems when trying to revert to a proper foot position. To prevent this, Dr. Naftolin encourages women to wear heels only on special occasions or when no prolonged standing or walking is expected.

“We see women going to Wonderland in high heels, going to the mall, doing a lot of walking in high heeled shoes, and that’s just crazy,” said Dr. Naftolin.

Dr. Naftolin underlined that high heel tolerance varies from person to person, and some women may have the foot type that wears pumps better than others.

“There are some people wearing high heels for hours and never have a problem,” said Dr. Naftolin. “Other people put high-heeled shoes on for five minutes and they are in agony.”

Dr. Naftolin recommends to consult a podiatrist who can determine what foot type you have and what footwear is more suitable for you. For the perfect heel, the general rule is to stay lower than two and a half or three inches. From a wide selection of heels, Dr. Naftolin recommends that women be especially careful with stilettos, as they are very imbalanced. He also doesn’t recommend older women wearing high heels due to the shoe’s instability at an older age.

If you find it impossible to separate yourself from your beloved shoes, Dr. Naftolin recommends following a few simple rules, which include changing them to something flatter during the day.

“High heels are not great in general, but the rule of thumb will be if my foot hurts or if my back hurts when I wear them—don’t wear them,” said Dr. Naftolin. “Let your body tell you something is hurting you.”

About Author

Staff Journalist

Staff Journalist

Related Articles

Social Media

Sponsored Ad

Facebook Page

@deepbodymag

deepbody logo