Avoid Wearing High-heeled shoes too Often


Most High-heeled shoes (heels) have a pointy or almond-shaped toe, despite the fact that the end of your foot is actually more square. And it’s the biggest and littlest toes that take a lot of the pressure as they press against the sides and the end of the shoe. High heels have the stigma of being bad for health and comfort, but this barely stops women from wearing them occasionally and often daily. Heels are the main culprit in millions of foot and ankle complaints across the world, but women still wear the shoes with abandon.


High-heeled shoes (Heels) lack any significant shock absorption. What’s more, wearing heels also stops your foot from naturally rotating as you walk, since they’re forced into a straight and unbending position. This causes the knee to absorb the brunt of every step, which can lead to severe joint pain and an exacerbation of arthritis symptoms.

Heels cause an imbalance between the heel and the ball that the ankle is forced to become the fulcrum for your entire body. And, since ankles aren’t built to take that kind of pressure, falls and twisted or sprained ankles can be pretty common. It’s nearly impossible to perfectly balance, especially in very high heels, so any bump in the pavement can feel like a 10-foot wall when you’re trying to scale it in your favorite pumps.

Women who wear heels over a long period of their lives actually shorten their Achilles tendon. With the heel in the lifted position, heels can actually create a physiologically change in the muscles and tendons around the ankles. That means, when barefoot or wearing flats and shoes that cause the heel to reach the ground, the wearer can feel immense pain and stretching.


High heels cause your feet to slide down and crush your toes, leading to ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenails occur when the side of your toenail starts growing into your flesh, and it can be seriously painful. High-heeled shoes also change the normal walking or gait cycle, with the ultimate result being a less fluent gait cycle.

When wearing heels the muscles that surround the ankles have to continuously contract to keep you upright and walking. Over time you need less muscle contraction as the lower leg muscles adapt to the changes in footwear. Once that occurs less muscle contraction occurs.

Heels can cause problems because they force the foot into a naturally unstable position. In sneakers or flat shoes, the foot is positioned in neutral where the bones of the ankle are under the bones of the lower leg, creating a more stable joint and a decreased likelihood of injury. Changes at the ankle cause the muscles higher in the leg and back to lose efficiency and strength. It also changes the load the bones in and around the knee have to absorb which can ultimately lead to injury.

Heels forces your ankles to bend forward, a movement that could restrict circulation in your lower limbs. If you're a perennial high-heel wearer, this could eventually spell spider veins. Walking in heels also stiffens your Achilles tendons, which anchor your calf muscles to your heels, causing your calves to bunch up. If you've had your tall pumps on all day, you might have trouble walking naturally when you first kick off your kicks.

High-heeled shoes also change the normal walking or gait cycle, with the ultimate result being a less fluent gait cycle. Changes at the ankle cause the muscles higher in the leg and back to lose efficiency and strength. It also changes the load the bones in and around the knee have to absorb, which can ultimately lead to injury.


The constant pressure on the balls of your feet causes weight distribution to be less even and lower back pain is often the result. Nerves can also become stressed in the lower back because of the odd posture held when wearing high heels. There is usually a lot less support in heels than in running shoes or even sandals.

Wearing heels during pregnancy is not at all advisable, as it can lead to serious harm to both you and your unborn baby. A pregnant woman wearing high heels is always at a higher risk of having a miscarriage. The pregnancy is threatened due to the risk of falling or twisting. There is no proper evidence that high heels can cause varicose veins other than back pain and sore feet. It may be because high heels minimize the motion while walking and therefore reduce the amount of blood flow causing vein issues. The true reasons can be heredity or a history of blood clots as well.


Once pregnant, wearing high heels is not acceptable and will most likely be very uncomfortable. This is true due to the fact that pregnancy hormones, like progesterone, fill the bloodstream and loosen ligaments in the lower back and abdomen to allow the stomach room to grow. The bloodstream does not stop at abdomen, however. 

The same pregnancy hormones that loosen ligaments to accommodate pregnancy growth will also pass through other areas of the body like the lower legs, feet and ankles. When ligaments in the lower leg loosen, feet can lengthen and widen and ankle strength can diminish. This makes wearing high heels riskier and less comfortable than before than before. Lower back ligaments are also affected meaning that there can be additional stress on lower back muscles with added pain and strain. 

Posted by: Lusubilo A. Mwaijengo

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