The perfect, pointy pair of 4-inch heels can make any outfit amazing, but with this style and flare comes suffering. High heels have a reputation for being bad for comfort, but this barely stops women from wearing them occasionally, with many wearing them daily. Women commonly make sacrifices for fashion, but at what price? Studies have shown that these shoes can be costly in more ways than one, taking their toll on your spine, hips, knees, ankles and feet, while altering your posture and gait. Research has been done to help educate and convince women to take this passion down a notch.
One in 10 women wear high heels at least three days a week, and a third have fallen while wearing them. Statistics show that high heels are one of the biggest factors leading to foot problems in women, with up to a third suffering permanent problems as a result of consistent wear.
What Happens To The Body When You Wear High Heels
Natalie A. Nevins, DO, an osteopathic physician from Hollywood, California specializes in family medicine,
osteopathic manipulative medicine, and neuromusculoskeletal medicine, and details the common medical issues associated with prolonged high heel wear and offers tips to avoid them.
Frequently wearing high heels, can cause long-term issues, because you are continually bending your toes into an unnatural position. This can cause a range of ailments, from ingrown toenails to irreversible damage to one’s leg tendons. Additionally, cramming your toes into a narrow, pointed toe box can cause nerve damage and bunions. High heels have also been linked to overworked or injured leg muscles, osteoarthritis of the knee, plantar fasciitis and low back pain.