So the craze is out for high heels because they make your legs look more beautiful and you probably think high heels are the height of elegance. You should however know that high heels can affect your health severely. You should also know that women have four times as many foot problems as men. Wearing high heels is your choice but you should at least be aware of the problems related to these fashion elements.
Physical problems associated with high heels include foot pain, foot deformities, a change in back posture, knee osteoarthritis and separate and apart from that, women who wear high heeled stiletto shoes may be reducing their chances of getting pregnant. Heels, particularly if they are over five inches high force the wearer to adopt an unnatural posture which can prevent them from conceiving.
Orthopedists warn that heels affect the pelvis. As heels get steeper, the pelvis is forced to tilt forward causing backaches. Orthopedists believe that high heels can contribute to the development of a variety of conditions like arthritis, chronic knee pain, sprained ankles and very importantly, back problems.
Your feet are designed to provide you with balance and strength. High heels can change the shape of your feet and may prevent you from functioning properly. If the joints of your feet don’t work as they should because of the strain of wearing high heels, other areas of your body will be forced to compensate and suffer extra wear and tear. Often, tendons and connective tissues can become permanently disfigured. If you wear only high heels, the whole area could be reshaped for high heel wear only; even to the exact measure of one pair of heels. Posture distortion affects every system in the body including the uterus and the reproductive system. Thus, the chance of conception when the abdominal wall has been thrust forward goes down.
You should never wear high heels all day long. Pain and other foot problems are less likely to occur if high heels are worn as infrequently as possible and are replaced by sneakers or flats. After wearing your high heels for an extended period you should stand with legs apart barefoot on the floor. Keeping your legs straight, bend at the hips and try to touch your toes. You should have warm up and cool down exercises every time you wear high heels. If you feel any pain in your ankles or feet while wearing your high heels, take them off immediately.