High heels are said to be harmful How far is this true? by Neeraj Mehta (Fitness Expert)
High heels raise women’s risk of serious medical conditions, like… arthritis, muscle damage and trapped nerves. Researchers found nine in 10 women have had such blisters, cracked heels, corns and ingrown nails. The higher the heel, the more they tilt your body forward and the more you have to lean back. This can put your pelvis out of alignment and cause compression of the spine. This also causes increased wear and tear in the joints and soft tissue which can lead to arthritis
Yes its true, and proven seen 1000’s of case, getting lot of medical problems .. because pressure increases when wearing high heels, but as the height of the heel goes up it increases more and more pressure on the forefoot. Also interfere with the leg meridian points thus decreases the blood flow to foot.
Which part of the foot get affected the most?
Metatarsals joint pain: High heels force the body’s weight to be redistributed. Prolonged wear can lead to joint pain in the ball of the foot.
Ankle injuries: High heels impair balance: a wearer is at a greater risk of falling. Which could lead to a sprained or broken ankle.
Bone Growth: Tight fitting shoes can cause a bony growth on the joint at the base of the big toe, which forces the big toe to angle in towards the other toes, resulting in pain. And also The straps of the high heels can irritate the heels, creating a bony enlargement.
Neuroma: Heel height and a narrow toebox can create a thickening of tissue around a nerve between the third and fourth toes, which can lead to pain and numbness in the toes.
What are the ways to cure such problems?
Wearing a lower heel shoe can help some; the solution may require a surgical procedure that helps straighten the hammertoe.
A much better idea for bottom-of-the-foot pain, is the use of heavily padded insoles
Get the best-fitting high heel possible.
Wear a thicker heel for stability
Wear open-toe high heels to relieve pressure on corns and calluses
Are there any foot exercises that can make the problem go away?
Hamstring and Calf stretch: Need do exercises and stretches to strengthen the calf and hamstring muscles.
During the day with heels on: If they are standing or sitting, they can do lot of stretches for their foot like dorsiflexion, plantarflexion, Eversion and inversion.
Lower Back: Exercise to strengthen lower back and entire core muscles is very much required
Achilles stretch: Begin in the same position as above, but slowly bend the knee of the extended leg. As your hips lower, keep both heels in contact with the floor and you should feel a slight stretch in the Achilles tendon of the extended leg.
***Hold all stretches for 10 to 30 seconds or until tension releases. If pain or discomfort is felt, release the stretch
Do women stick to what you advise them to do or are they too stubborn saying that their style will be compromised?
Yes some of the clients understand what I say, but there is lot of other stubborn women also, who don’t want to compromise with their style, whether they are in pain after a long use of high heels, so I need to give lot of stretching exercise and yoga balancing poses, to increase their balance. And also I do make them understand the right posture in lot of different movements, so they can balance body, and also with the help of my BMXStrength exercises they get lot of benefits for their body posture and alignments.
Has brand or quality of shoes with heels got to do anything with foot problems?
No it all depends on the grip of the foot and cushioning, and also the shape and the size of the front of the shoe and the heal, so that they can balance their body more.
Are shoes with higher heels more painful?
As the heel height goes up, the pressure on the forefoot increases, approximate pressure with … 3 inches 76%, 2 inches 57% and 1 inches 22%., thus higher heels are more painful for foot and legs and other parts.
Women can’t do without heels. For how long can they wear to avoid harmful effects?
Wearing high heels are bad for body, but suggestion is not to wear more then 10-15 minutes, and try to stand with both foot balances not on one foot, and During the day with heels on: If they are standing or sitting, they can do lot of stretches for their foot like dorsiflexion, plantarflexion, Eversion and inversion.
There are several kind of heels. Are wedges relatively safer to wear?
Heel should be bigger enough to balance the body, or they can use heel bigger on the width side.
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