On one hand, high heels can emphasize femininity changing the way your entire body moves, including the pelvis, hips, and legs. However, they can also give you lifelong muscle pain, weakness, and all kinds of unpleasant side effects. Thus, there are a few things to consider if you want your feet to stay comfortable and healthy.
HOW HEELS AFFECT YOUR ANATOMY
First of all, regardless of how beautiful high heels are, they always have negative impact on nearly every part of your body. Wearing high heels particularly affects these areas of your body:
- Nerves in the toes
- Achilles tendon
- Calf muscles
- Toes (bunions)
You can experience some serious consequences if you wear high heels frequently. Even wearing them occasionally may build up damage to your body over time.
Toes: The tissue between your third and fourth toes may harden, which will result in numbness and tingling in the toes.
Gout: Tight high heels can trigger the appearance of gout, which can be really painful apart from being unattractive.
Knees: High heels affect your stance, thus putting excessive pressure on your knees, which may lead to osteoarthritis.
Calf: When wearing high heels, your calf muscles must also adjust to the difference in your posture. This makes your muscles tighten and shorten, meaning that they may not even be able to relax even when you’re not wearing heels.
Ankles: According to studies, high heels affect your balance adversely, and it’s your ankles that bear the brunt of it. When you’re wearing heels, you are actually at a risk of rolling, twisting, or fracturing your ankle.
FIX THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY HIGH HEELS
Luckily, you can always reduce the damage caused by high heels as it is never too late to change your habits and start developing healthier routines.
Lying flat on your stomach, bend your feet so that your toes are under your heels. Then slowly stretch your legs out making your muscles tense. Hold that position for 10 seconds and repeat it 5 times.
Making a bridge can also do a lot to strengthen your legs and repair high heel damage. Lying flat on your back, bend your knees, your feet flat on the ground. Lift yourself gradually until your hips and most of your back are off the ground. Hold for a few seconds. Lower yourself back to the ground.
REDUCE WEARING HEELS
Although, you may not be able to stop wearing high heels completely, you can still considerably decrease their adverse impact on your body by wearing them every three days, instead of every day. Also, take caution that you do the above-mentioned stretches several times a week in order to minimize muscle damage and protect your legs.