The Perils Of High Heels: Reclaiming Your Feet

Calling all you fashionistas! Sure, some of you want to look attractive and in fashion every day; maybe, you want to also feel taller. However, aren’t those high heels you wear every day uncomfortable? Do your feet ache after wearing your high heels only a couple of hours? It’s true that beauty can be painful, and to be in fashion may – in your estimation – be worth the sacrifices you make. However, wearing high heels every day and all day long isn’t worth the cost of having to suffer from serious problems caused by your high heels.

How High is High?

Heels that raise your heel a significant amount above your toes are usually considered high. The added inches often make girls and women appear to be taller than their actual height and also gives their shoes a distinguished, fancy look.

High-fashion houses such as Gucci and Jimmy Choo define a “low heel” as being less than 2.5 inches, “mid heels” as being between 2.5 and 3.5 inches, and any heel higher than the “mid-heel” is considered a “high heel”.

Two Ways High Heels Can Cause Long-Term Foot Pain

#1: Pinched Nerves

Pinched nerves are often the result of too much stress being placed on the heel bone. Although the cause of your pain may be that you’re spending too much time on your feet, weakened calf muscles or repetitive impact on the heel from sports activities, it can often be caused from wearing improper footwear such as high heels.

Treatment of a pinched nerve varies according to its cause and severity. It certainly should include avoiding the activity that caused the pinched nerve, so if you suspect wearing high heels daily is the cause, you’ll want to switch to flats. If your foot pain persists, you should see your doctor.

Assessing the pain and talking to your family doctor will help you understand when to visit your chiropodist; chiropodists often treat this condition by relieving the tension on your heels and reducing the inflammation on the heel. Conservative treatments that foot specialists recommend include: not wearing high heels, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, custom orthotics and cortisone injections.

#2: Bunions

Bunions, which may be a hereditary condition, are worsened by wearing high heels every day. This condition can cause your foot to become wider and the big toe will commonly lean toward the second toe. At the base of your big toes, bony protrusions may jut outward. After some time, you may develop arthritis in the joint of the big toe, and you may also lose mobility in the big toe’s joint. Symptoms of this condition include pain, redness, and inflammation.
If this condition is causing you pain, you should certainly not wear high heel shoes. The first treatments of this condition usually include the use of orthotics, special padding, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy.

You Can Reclaim Your Feet

Besides the conditions noted above, according to the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, sprains and strains caused by high heels nearly doubled between 2002 and 2012. In 2019, feminism and gender equality have huge momentum in mainstream culture, you don’t have to adhere to outdated ideas of feminine beauty, reclaim your feet!