The Dangers of High Heels

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 by 4 Comments
The Dangers of High Heels

Since becoming a stay-at-home mom, I hardly ever wear high heels anymore; in fact I only own 4-5 pairs from my days of working in the corporate world and rarely bust them out if I can get away with flats.

But, I do love them and sometimes choose cute over comfort for a date night or dinner with friends. I love the way heels elongate my legs and raise my derriere and I would be lying if I said I didn’t daydream of one day owning my very own pair of Louboutins.

My problem with heels is, I have never really learned to walk in them properly. That and they hurt my feet!

Okay, so it’s no secret high heels can be uncomfortable, even for the most skilled heel walker, but did you know that wearing them could lead to osteoarthritis, joint and muscle problems and even heart disease?

In a recent study, in The Journal of Applied Physiology, Australian scientists found that woman who habitually wear heels move with shorter, more forceful strides with their feet perpetually in a flexed, toes-pointed position.

This repetitive movement pattern continues even when women kick off their heels and walk barefoot. Over time, by walking this way women are putting more pressure on their internal organs and in particular on their Achilles tendons.

Another side effect of wearing your stilettos is Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation, usually due to injury or extended wear of shoes without proper heel support, of the plantar fascia, the ligament between the front of the heel bone and the base of the toes that helps to support the arch.

So, what’s a girl who is addicted to her towering footwear to do? As with most things, moderation is key.

Scientists suggest removing your heels whenever possible, like while sitting at your desk at work, or trying an alternative all together such as ballerina flats, flat boots, loafers or these cute little numbers:

Tom’s – One For One is an amazing company! You get to do good while being comfortable because for every pair of Tom’s shoes you purchase, Tom’s gives a pair of shoes to a child in need. How great is that?

I have two pairs and I love not only how comfy they are, but the fact that they go with everything! I am swooning over their spring collection, which includes wedges!
Corbel Women’s Vegan Classics


Red Nautical Stripe Women’s Wedges

Flat boots are really hot right now and they are so versatile! With so many different colors, styles and lengths to choose from you can’t go wrong, plus they won’t hurt your feet! Check out this great pair from the Jessica Simpson Collection:

Vanitya Dune

If you just have to wear your heels, bring these along too: Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Fast Flats™ – your spare pair!

These adorable foldable flats fit right in your purse and are perfect for when you need to get out of your heels and give your feet a rest…fast! Available at drug stores and run about $12.99.

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To read The Journal of Applied Physiology report, click here.

Posted in: Fashion, Health
Tonya Wertman

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  • Lisa @ Two Bears Farm

    Those fast flats look comfy! I can’t wear heels. I had a horse rear up and come down on my foot as a teen, and it caused some nerve damage in my toes. When I wear heels, I loose all feeling. Plus, I’m clumsy enough I’d probably just wipe out anyhow ;-)

  • Nichole

    Heels? Ouch.
    I always think that I can tough it out, but halfway through the night, I’m muttering under my breath about how much they hurt. :)
    I don’t own any Tom’s yet, but I’ve been eyeing the new ballet flats…they are so cute.

  • Cameron

    I so love the dangerous shoes, but my son forced my hand… er… foot. My already impressive 10s became 11s after delivery, and it’s nearly impossible to find a Louboutin in an 11.

    Or the 100th of a Louboutin that I could actually afford…

    Vive le faux-Dansko clog!

  • angela

    I know they’re bad for you. But I love them. Always. Sigh.