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Be it your workplace, party, or a wedding ceremony of your friends or sisters, we know you love to wear high heels and flaunt like a confident and gorgeous diva. But you all ladies can relate that this style comes with a cost of bruises and pain in our feet.
High heels are the most stylish footwear in your closet, but at the same time, they are considered as the most uncomfortable footwear choice.
Most of you would have no idea that wearing high heels for a long time can affect your overall health in general and feet in particular severely.
High heel shoes can cause permanent issues more than temporary pain and blisters on your feet.
If you cannot stop loving high heel footwear and wearing them very often, then you must know about the problems that occur because of wearing high heels and their possible solutions.
In this article, we are going to help you with this. To know more about problems with heels and how to avoid them, keep reading.
- 1 1. Ankle Injuries:
- 2 2. Arthritis:
- 3 3. Existing feet problems could go worse.
- 4 4. Pain in Body:
- 5 5. Change in your walking style:
- 6 6. Affected Toenails:
- 7 7. Hammer Toes:
- 8 The Verdict to avoid Possible Problems with Heels:
1. Ankle Injuries:
One of the most common problems with high heels is that you could hurt your ankle and feet even just wearing high heel shoes for a few minutes.
Maybe you take one step after wearing a high heel and step on a small stone and then get your ankle hurt because of turning off your foot inward.
As we told earlier that you need only a few minutes to get your ankle hurt, and people who wear high heels seldom are more prone to this injury. If you are the one who does not know how to carry yourself and maintain the balance of your body with high heels, then you can get ankle sprain.
How to Avoid it?
- The solution to this problem is to learn how to wear heels and practice the skill before wearing it formally rather than wearing without any practice and get yourself injuries and fractures.
- Try buying heel shoes with a broader heel that would reduce the chance of ankle twisting.
If you are wearing high heels frequently or too often, then we have horrible news that you can get arthritic.
Yes, you are reading it right!
Wearing high heels frequently can result in arthritis. The joints of your knees and foot can get arthritic because of the way you are standing with heels or walking.
This is something that most of us don’t think about before buying high heels or wearing high heels often, but we must keep in mind these factors.
Always remember that no style worth the cost of your health and well-being.
How to Avoid it?
- Don’t wear heels for too long.
- Give your foot a good exercise, after each time you wear high heels.
- Go for rounded toe shoes, with heel height, not more than 2 to 3 cm.
- If you experience frequent pain in your feet or ankles, don’t ignore it and get it checked from the specialized doctor.
- Try buying the most comfortable heels for standing all day to avoid such problems.
3. Existing feet problems could go worse.
If you are already dealing with feet issues such as ingrown toenails, bunions, hammertoes, and many other problems, then you may have observed that wearing high heels often has made things more complicated by worsening these issues.
If you already have bunions, then with high heels, they can grow and cause more pain comparatively if you are wearing flat footwear.
According to experts, people who wear high heels are at a greater risk of getting injured even when they are not wearing high heels. You might also feel that a bump is formed on your heels.
You get the bump on your heels when your shoe rubs on the heel and the medical science define this issue as Haglund deformity.
How to Avoid it?
- Stop wearing heels until existing feet problems are cured.
- But if still, you want to wear them, then prefer wearing high heel pumps (court shoes) or other comfortable work shoes over High heel sandals and place a heel pad inside the shoe.
- Customize your arch supports with orthotic insoles placed inside the pumps (court shoes).
- Perform stretching exercises at the end of the day regularly.
4. Pain in Body:
Wearing high heels may not only be problematic for your feet only, but it can cause problems for your body as well.
As we stated earlier that if you are wearing high heels frequently, your body is at risk of getting injuries even if you are not flaunting in high heels because of the adaptability of your body.
According to researches, many medical conditions and issues are associated with wearing high heels such as calf issues, severe knee pain, plantar fasciitis, back pain, hamstring, and hip problems.
This happens because we carry our bodies in a different way when we are wearing heels as compared to when we are wearing flats.
How to Avoid it?
- Don’t wear heels for too long, or only wear them on special occasions.
- Go for a full body massage regularly.
- Stop wearing very high heels.
- If you’re bound to wear high heels at work, carry them in your bag and wear it once you arrive.
- Prefer to buy shoes specially designed to cure foot pain.
5. Change in your walking style:
You know now that you carry yourself differently with high heels, and the center of gravity is changed, so it is quite clear that you might walk in a different style.
When you wear high heels frequently, and for a more extended period, your muscles get used to stand and move differently. But when you wear regular shoes where your feet, calf, Achilles and hamstring are properly extended, you will have higher chances to get injured.
How to avoid it?
- Reserve your heels for special occasions.
- Try walking barefoot daily to bring back your muscles to the original position.
- Take off your heels, whenever possible, to stretch and relax.
6. Affected Toenails:
When many ladies find that their toenails are looking strange or dystrophic, they think that the change is because of fungal issues. But the reality is quite different, as your toenails are getting out of shape or looking strange because of the torture of high heels.
High heels cannot only affect the way toenails look, but they can also damage their growth.
Ingrown toenails are another issue that can arise with the use of high heels too often and particularly with pointy toes.
How to Avoid it?
- Wear heels not more than 2 to 3 cm to minimize the pressure over your toenail.
- Don’t wear heels that are too tight or with quite a small toe box.
- Prefer to wear flat shoes, but if heels are necessary, then prefer rounded toe over pointed toe heels.
- Don’t cut your nails too short as it may cause the skin to fold or provide space to bacteria to enter and causing infection.
7. Hammer Toes:
One can get hammered toes without wearing high heels, but the chances of ending up with hammer toes while using high heels are greater.
You are also more prone to hyperextended toe joints and potentially dislocated toes for wearing high heels.
How to Avoid it?
- Stop wearing heels if it isn’t necessary.
- Stop wearing heels with pointy, less deep or narrow toe box.
- Prefer buying shoes at the end of the day, when the foot is at its maximum size.
- Never buy heels or any other shoes that are too tight.
The Verdict to avoid Possible Problems with Heels:
Luckily, high heels are not like lifelines of your shoes, and you don’t need to avoid them at all.
Wearing them in moderation is the key. There are a few tips you can follow to avoid problems with high heels shoes.
- Stretching is also essential irrespective you are wearing high heels or not. Stretching can help you to save yourself from the adverse effects of high heels. Take your heels off during the day and include a few stretches.
- Some experts recommend the use of an Epsom salt soak if you are wearing high heels often and with different heights.
- Prefer buying comfortable heel shoes; that is extra cushioned with heels of wide width and lower in height.
There are many other tips and hacks you can try for flaunting in stylish heels, but with comfort and less pain.
If you have got something to say about high heels problems and tips, then we would love to hear from you in the comments section.
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