High heels hurt and wreak havoc on the body. But why do woman endure the pain? Here are some reasons I've heard:
- They raise my butt up and make it look better. The JLo effect.
- They instantly increase my height and give me more power.
- Lots of men like them and think they are sexy.
- They make my calves and legs look more sleek and developed.
- They cover my nasty gnarly looking toes
- I feel sexier wearing them.
- They complete my outfits.
- I just like them.
FYI: Most men's shoes and athletic sneakers have heels. Some are over 2" higher than lowest part of the foot!
Reasons to rethink the high heel:
- An elevated heel of any height shortens and weakens the calf musculature and Achilles tendon.
- Prolonged use causes permanent Achilles tendon shortening.
- Excessive strain on the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon.
- A body weight shift forward changes your natural upright posture and causes muscle fatigue and compensatory movement patterns.
- Increased impact forces on all of your joints specifically your knees, ankles and toes.
- Increased knee, hip and spine pain due to the unnatural posture and gait.
- Increases the severity and frequency of headaches.
- Reduces the shock absorbing and elastic properties of your arches.
- May cause hammer toes and other toe deformities.
- Increases the chances of ingrown toes, corns and bunions.
- Increases the possibility of Morton's neuroma (painful).
- Increases risk of ankle sprains, breaks and strains.
- Decreases the proprioceptive function of the toes and foot.
- Strongly linked to arthritis in the knees.
- Puts undue stress on the lumbar spine and exacerbates lower back pain (or causes it).
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