The Ugly Side of Pretty High Heeled Shoes
Why do women wear high heels? The answer is simply: They make them look taller, thinner, and sexier. They cause a tilt in the pelvis so that the tummy is tucked in and the bosom is out. Men love them so women are willing to go through some pain to wear them. But, unfortunately, pain is not the only result that can come from wearing high-heeled shoes.
You would think that damage from high-heeled shoes only happens to older women, but even women in their 20’s and 30’s are increasingly having high-heel related foot issues. The American Podiatric Medical Association says that shoe-related foot conditions begin when women are young and continue to develop over time. Unless a woman chooses to take care of her feet, she can have some pretty severe issues that can affect her mobility by the time she is older.
Studies show that nearly 90% of women suffer from painful high-heeled footwear. And they don’t just get corns, calluses, and blisters. A large proportion of women complain about heel pain, numb toes, and pinched nerves as well. Worse yet, permanent deformities such as bunions and hammertoes can also result. Here are a couple of other conditions caused by wearing high-heeled shoes:
- Haglund’s deformity. Caused by an overly-stiff back part of the shoe, this common condition is commonly referred to as “pump bump” because of the bone spur that develops on the back of the heel.
- Morton’s neuroma. This condition causes a characteristic lump on the underside of the foot. Caused by high heels with narrow toes, this lump is usually located between the third and fourth toes. Symptoms of Morton’s neuroma include intense pain in the toes, tingling, or numbness.
Seeing as how we depend on the 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, ligaments, and tendons in our feet to get us from place to place, doesn’t it makes sense to treat them right? Do yourself feet a favor and wear high heels less. If you must wear heels, always have a pair of low-heeled, supportive shoes with you to change into when your feet start to ache.