Risks of Wearing High Heels

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Risks of Wearing High HeelsAttention ladies! Be very careful with the type of shoes you wear. A study published by the journal of applied physiology, revealed that women who wear high heels for a long period of time are at risk of severe knee, back and hamstrings injuries.The average woman gets foot pain after a mere hour in pumps. But high heels impact your body beyond just making you wanna sit down. Here's how they affect different parts of your body—and why that's something you might not want to stand for anymore.


Normally, your feet act like spring-loaded, weight-distributing shock absorbers, cushioning your skeleton from crazy amounts of pounding. Jam these engineering marvels into high heels and. . .ouch. You've shifted much of your mass onto the balls of your feet and your tiny, delicate toe bones.The higher the heel, the bigger the impact: One study found that four-inch stilettos can up the amount of pressure on the front of the foot by 30 percent or more.Your heel-to-toe transition becomes abrupt, forcing you to swap your natural stride for a staccato walk. Strutting like this all the time could usher in bone and nerve damage (not to mention blisters and ingrown toenails).

Ankles and Calves

Wearing heels forces your ankles to bend forward, a movement that could restrict circulation in your lower limbs. If you're a perennial high-heel wearer, this could eventually spell spider veins.Walking in heels also stiffens your Achilles tendons, which anchor your calf muscles to your heels, causing your calves to bunch up. If you've had your tall pumps on all day, you might have trouble walking naturally when you first kick off your kicks. (You can work to offset this stiffness by flexing your feet—shoeless—several times throughout the day.) Over time, stiletto devotees can develop chronically taut (and shortened!) ankle and calf tendons, making walking—even in flats—painful.


Now comes knees, don’t get shocked you heels does impact and damage all your body. Knees also work as shock absorbers just like those springs. When you jump you bent your knees a bit while coming down, right? The knee is the largest joint in your body, but the frequent use of high-heels by your feet puts extra stress on the inner sides of the knees. In the long run you might be damaging your knees that won’t be even repairable.


To keep from keeling over in stacked shoes, you have to thrust your hips forward, arch your back, and push out your chest. That familiar sexy stance works the outer hip muscles and tendons hard (and not in a good way).


Do you wear heels? You must be having sore lower back. Yes, that pain is a gift of your high heels. In order to keep your feet in high heels and to help you move easily, your spine needs to sway unnaturally. And when for a long period of time your spine sways unnaturally, it stresses your lumbar erector spine muscle.

Apart from these, wearing high heels can be very risky. You cannot run, there are more chances that you twist your feet while walking in heels and do harm to your muscle tissue or even break your bone.

If you want to feel stylish and sophisticated, remember to buy the correct shoe to avoid harming your feet. It’s hard to believe, but nine out of 10 women wear shoes that are too small or bad for their feet. The consequences are calluses, blisters, bunions and the above mentioned conditions. The constant friction between the skin and the shoe can irritate the foot joints and lead to arthritis. Do not risk your posture for wanting to look like a Hollywood girl!


  1. Wearing high heels is something that I didn't really like. I own a few heels but I don't have the chance to wear them.

  2. I think it make sense since it disrupts the natural placements of the muscles.

  3. My girlfriend would love to know about this. Thank you for sharing!