high heels

A high heel shoe is a fashion necessity for the modern woman but wearing those heels come at a price.

According to statistics, high heels are one of the biggest factors leading to foot problems in women.

Here are dangers of wearing high heels

1. Wearing high heels alters your body posture thereby placing more pressure on the knee. A study found that knee joint pressure increased by as much as 26% when wearing high heels.

2. Wearing high heels also affects the calf. Calf muscles contract and adjust to the angle of the high heels, leading to pain and muscle spasms.

3. Wearing high heels causes the Achilles tendon to tighten up. The higher the heel is, the shorter the tendon becomes, creating heel pain.

4. High heels force the body’s weight to be redistributed. The increased weight on the toes causes the body to tilt forward, thereby creating a posture that can strain your knees, hips and lower back.

5. High heels cause a change to the position of the spine, thereby putting pressure on nerves in the back and this can cause sciatica, a condition in which the nerves become trapped, triggering pain and numbness in the feet.

6. Cramming your toes into a narrow toe box when wearing high heels can create a thickening of tissue around the nerve between the third and fourth toes, which can lead to pain and numbness in the toes.

7. Wearing high heels can cause spondylolisthesis (slippage of one vertebra forward over another), especially in the lumbar region of the spine where the body’s weight is concentrated.

8. Wearing high heels puts the wearer at a greater risk of falling because it impairs balance.

9. Wearing high heels push the centre of mass in the body forward, taking the hips and spine out of alignment.