Why High Heels Are a Health Hazard

High Heels

Beauty comes with the price of pain, right? At least that is the common thought behind fashion designers and individuals who push and wear high heels. High heels are so popular because they make the leg look slimmer, make any outfit look more dressed up, and are the symbol of sex appeal in today’s culture.

While there is no arguing that high heels are fashionable and sophisticated, it is hard to ignore the scary truth of high heels. Do you really know what your high heels are doing to your body? Find out now and rethink your shoe.

  1. Tighten and Shorten Calf Muscles: Extended use of high heels can affect the calf muscles and eventually cause the arch in your foot to lower. This then makes it hard to relax the foot.
  2. Knee Pain: The high heel causes extra strain on your muscles, which then puts extra pressure on the knee. High heels cause the thigh muscles to work harder, which then puts more pressure on the knee. Over time, this can lead to osteoarthritis.
  3. Poor Posture: If you think high heels make you look tall and sleek, think again. They actually cause your posture to be distorted. The chest and lower back are pushed forward and your hips are pushed back. This can lead to problems and pain with the back and hips.
  4. Foot Problems: If you are not used to wearing high heels, then you know how much pain they can cause to your feet. Not only do high heels cause foot pain, but they can also cause corns, bunions, and hammertoes.
  5. Ankle Injuries: Since ankles are not supported very well in high heels, the chances of ankle injuries are increased. Anyone can easily pull a muscle just from twisting their ankle.

High heels may look great when you put them on, but they do not make your body and skeletal system feel great. To protect your back, hips, knees, and more, don’t wear high heels frequently. Instead, opt for fashionable shoes that have an arch support. If you must wear high heels, look for ones that are recommended by an orthopedist, such as heels that are worn by ballroom dancers.


Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

Story Credit, Image Credit: High Heels by Mike Licht. Used under Creative Commons license.

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