Lover of High Heels
High heel is a fashion statement that improves the overall appearance and personality. It is believed to make the wearer appear sexy, stylish and confident. Shorter women thought that this will enhance the way they look by adding couple of inches in their height and will make their legs longer and slimmer. Studies shows that it can improve sex life. Wearing heels showed less electrical activity in their pelvic muscles. This suggest that muscles were at an optimum position, meaning it could well improve their strength and ability to contract. The pelvic floor muscles assist in sexual performance and satisfaction. They also provide vital support to the pelvic organs, which include the bladder, bowels and uterus. Study conducted by Urologist, Dr. Maria Cerruto states that 66 women under 50 found that those who wears a two-inch heel has a good posture compare with those who wear flat shoes.
Despite of its benefits, the harmful effects of wearing high heels can outweigh its advantages. In a survey done by Dr. Oliver Zong, a Podiatrist in New York City, a person walks an average of 8,000 to 10,000 step a day. If you will imagine how torturous it is for your feet when you are wearing high heels. Wearers of high heels undoubtedly had been linked to a range of problems such as foot infection, in-grown toenails, it can possibly weakens the pregnancy and childbirth. It can also deform their body posture because when they are wearing high heels they are balancing their weight, making them throw their weight forward.
High heels squeezes off blood circulation in their feet which can cause pain in the legs and feet. A heels with an elevation greater than 25mm can cause hallux valgus and plantar calluses even shoes with moderately high heels (1.5 in) can increase knee torques which is relevant in the development of osteoarthritis or OA.
Moreover wearers for an extended period can shortened calf muscle and Achilles tendons and they are also predispose to musculoskeletal pain while standing for long periods of time in high heels can cause deep vein thrombosis (DVT), although standing even in low heels carries the same risk.
Study leader Professor Marco Narici, from Manchester Metropolitan University, said in the 1950s secretaries who wore high heels complained that they struggled to walk flat-footed when they took their shoes off. Studies proves that it can permanently disfigured tendons and connective tissues, It can also reshaped the arch of their feet. Ultrasound also revealed that muscle fiber is shorter in women who wore high heels than those who don’t.
If you are a self-professed lover of high heels think of the potential health hazard by avoiding wearing high heels but if you really need to wear it make sure that your heels is limited to one inch. Better wear variety of heel heights to get your calf muscles working. In addition choose a shoe that prevents you from sliding forward to prevent damaging your toes and posture. Make it a habit after wearing your favorite heels to stretched and exercise. High heels are really a fashion statement but when you know that it can increase the chances of your bones in the legs and knees to become severely damage, I guess before putting your heels on, you might want to consider giving it up.