High on the Heels
Wearing high heeled footwear is a style statement for women. The west is more ‘high heel crazy’ than the east. On the health ground we are warned from time to time that using high heel can be potentially dangerous. But usually every woman who loves a raised heel just ignores such warnings. She convinces herself that the effects might be trivial. Everyone does know wearing high heel footwear is painful and not comfortable in all the situations. But the pain upon using them is spared in pursuit of fashion. But does high heel usage only have minor effects? NO. The effects are more than what one could imagine.
In footwear industry, foot wears below 2.5 inches are classified as low heel. They say mid-heels are those between 2.5- 3.5 inches. The section above this height up to 5 inches is termed as high heels. Tracing the history backwards one would find the ancestry of contemporary high heels has come from medieval Europe where horse riders used wooden soled pattern shoes. They used them on purpose to avoid their foot from slipping forward in stirrups while on ride. Even today the Cow boy boots share the same traits.
But why would women take up this, though they are not on purpose? Every woman sporting high heels does so because, they believe, it elevates and highlights the contours of their physical appearance in an appealing way. The walking gait of a high heeled woman is different, which many believe boosts up their sexual appeal. But what are to be spared for this on the health ground?
The side effects of wearing high heels on a regular basis may result in muscle strain, joint damage as well as leading to Osteoarthritis. It is the most common form of arthritis, and the reports alarm that it has affected over 20 million in US alone. Regular usage may shorten the calf muscles and result in tightening and thickening of Achilles tendon. The reason for most of the problems in women, from hip to toe is mainly attributed to high heels.
Not only the high heeled foot wear brings long term effects but also numerous every day discomforts. First of all the normal body posture of a woman alters while on heels. Since the heel raises the back of the foot the body leans forward. In order to balance the weight, one has to strain her legs to avoid from slipping. This on a long term basis alters the walking posture permanently.
The muscles and joints suffer extra pressure all the time one walks or stands in an improper manner. Reports suggest that 64% of the women with knee and ankle pains arise due to the usage of high heels. Furthermore one has to strain her back muscles for support while walking, and this leads to excess muscle fatigue and cramps.
If high heels have become one your professional necessities, use them only for your official usage. Save them for special occasions. Hang around on normal or flats otherwise.
So think twice while you shop for your footwear in the showroom next time. High on the heels may be good to look but not for your health. Listen to toes. You’ll hear their plea to kiss the floor while walking. Flat heels are also fashionable. Believe me.