Shoes … shoes … shoes … almost all women have an obsession with footwear especially high heeled shoes. High heeled shoes appeal to a woman’s vanity and one can spend hours lingering inside a shoe store, checking out the goods (I am personally guilty of this). Just looking at a pair of Manolo Blahnik stilettos can make every girl salivate.
But beauty comes with a price. Wearing high heels can cause a lot of health problems and for those who say, “No pain no gain” are in for an awful amount of pain that can last a lifetime.
Wearing High Heels for an Extended Period of Time
Oh yes, the higher the heels the better looking you look but wearing high heels over an extended period of time with your foot/feet at an awkward angle can exert so much pressure on your toes. Shoes that have 2 inch heels or more places your feet at an unnatural angle and your weight is unevenly dispersed on your feet. With the pressure exerted on your toes, your nails dig in deeper into the skin resulting in ingrown nails and you may even damage your leg tendons.
Also, like Cinderella’s ugly step sisters who tried to cram their feet into the glass slipper, a lot of women who have wide feet would endure the pain of cramming their toes into the narrow toe cap or toe box of the shoe which leads to either the development of ugly bunions, painful blisters, or nerve damage.
With the additional height and unnatural angle of the feet, the muscles on the legs get overworked and can cause plantar fasciitis, lower back pain, and osteoarthritis of the knee.
Remember, when we are standing up, our feet and legs all bear the burden of carrying our body weight. And that weight is unevenly distributed to our lower parts so it forces more pressure to our toes and not only that we are even putting pressure on our nerves and spine because when we wear high heels, our bodies tend to tilt forward and then we lean backwards to compensate to adjust our posture. This action and posture gives more pressure to the nerves on the spine which can develop into a condition called sciatica or chronic pain.