While wearing high heels may make you feel like a supermodel, the damage they do to your feet is immense.
By wearing towering stilettos, podiatrists say, women are altering the position of their feet and how the feet should function.
Problems associated with heels:
– A common problem is the formation of unsightly calluses and painful corns, which are those hard nuggets of keratin buildup caused by pressure on the skin.
– High heels squeeze your toes and cause capsulitis — an agonising inflammation of the joints where the toes attach to the foot and cause pinched nerves.
– Women who wear high heels have an increased chance of suffering from Achilles tendonitis, which is caused by extra stretching of the Achilles tendon when you remove your shoes and the heel comes down to the floor.
– High heels are also known to cause inflammation of the connective tissue at the bottom of the foot — the plantar fascia.
– When you wear heels above three inches, your foot slides forward, cramming your toes and redistributing your weight incorrectly. This weight on your toes causes the body to tilt forward, and to balance, one tends to lean backwards, and ends up overarching the back.
This creates an incorrect posture that puts strain on the knees, hips, and lower back. This can put pressure on your nerves in the back and can cause a condition called sciatica, where the nerves become trapped and a numbing pain travels all the way to the feet.