High Heels – Is the Glamour Worth the Pain?


Shoes have evolved from a protective cover to a fashion statement representing elegance, style and sexuality.  I think all of us girls will admit that high heels are rarely worn for comfort.

But we do love how they make us feel…  making us taller, with legs that appear longer;  They cause the back to arch and the chest to thrust forward creating a sexier silhouette.

But heel wearers should be aware of the long term effects including: Inflamed and/or shortened ligaments, shortened calf muscles, hammertoes, bunions, corns, ingrown toenails, knee osteoarthritis and bad posture.

Lifting your heels up to unnatural heights throws your balance off, and you compensate by adjusting your back, hips, and shoulders. In the long run, this bad posture will cause terrible lower back pain, leg pains, and headaches.

As the heel height increases, the center of gravity is altered causing the upper body to become top heavy and unstable. The shift causes an exaggerated lumbar lordotic curve which increases compression on the lower back and ultimately causes lower back complications.

Wearing high heels has been linked to knee osteoarthritis, a painful, degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown of the cartilage surrounding the knee, because when women wear heels, it puts repetitive pressure and stress on the knee joint.  It takes a while to feel the effects of knee osteoarthritis, but once you, do it’s too late to undo the damage. Studies have concluded that the ligaments of the knee are enduring extreme amounts of compression in order to stabilize the ankle and to prevent you from falling when you are in heels.

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