High Heels, High Danger?

Or, more specifically, a fabulous pair of insanely high heels. Never mind that high heels come chock full of baggagetheyre hard to walk in, they pinch our feet, they force our bodies to contort in ungodly (and often detrimental) ways, but yet we wear them anyway. READ: Bye-Bye Blisters: Love Your Shoes and Wear Them, Too Interestingly, our perception of whats acceptable for a heel height has changed massively during the past decade. In the early 2000s, a three-inch heel was considered high, while now, most women dont balk at a shoe that teeters on a five or-six-inch heel.
Source: http://magazine.foxnews.com/style-beauty/insanely-high-heels-12-pairs-are-absolutely-worth-falling?intcmp=HPBucket3

Rusty Katz is the manager of childrens shoes at Lesters, a chain of childrens department stores in New York . He says he cant keep wedge and kitten heels for little girls in stock because theyre so popular. Girls love shoes, Katz said. Good Morning America caught up with Katz when he showed Sara Berman and her 8-year-old daughter, Talia, some Steve Madden wedges. He called them falls hottest trend. Skechers Under Fire for Daddy$ Money Sneakers Roughly half the styles in Steve Madden Kids spring/summer collection have an elevated sole, and the shoes are in great demand at Gap Kids and Target stores nationwide.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2013/08/high-heels-for-girls-trend-raises-concerns/

But now you have the whole rest of the night to deal with the unbearable pain it is to wear those heels. You end up starting to walk all wonky to avoid the pain. But it hurts! They can literally ruin a fun night out with your friends. And they can destroy wonderful synchronized dance numbers. Until you wake up the next day and you can’t even walk because your heels are so bruised and sore.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/25/high-heels-worst_n_3651956.html

How high-heeled shoes may be killing your feet

The findingssuggest that the women in high heels walked with http://www.hiheelsshoes.com/7-varieties-of-high-heels/ shorter, more forceful strides and engaged their muscles as opposed to their tendons, leaving them vulnerable to injury and prone to muscle fatigue, the Times reported. We think that the large muscle strains that occur when walking in heels may ultimately increase the likelihood of strain injuries, Dr. Neil Cronin, one of the studys lead researchers, told the Times. The damage for heel- wearers is not eased by switching to sneakers or flats, according to the study, because that only increases the risk of injury by forcing the foot into a new position. The repeated wearing of high heels is widely known to increase the risk of such conditions as osteoarthritis, hammer toes, bunions and corns, but doctors said the damage could be happening in areas beyond the legs, such asthe back, and in areas and ways not immediately evident, such as the heart. Inflammation inside your body can happen anywhere. It can happen from wearing shoes, Little, who was not involved in the Australian study, told ABC News. When we put your foot into a shoe, it has nowhere to go but to bind the toes. Homing in on the point, researchers in England last week also released a study, published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases Journal , that found wearing high heelscould lead to flat feet,as it canweaken the tendons that support the arch of the foot, leading it to fall, which causes pain and can make it difficult to walk.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2012/01/high-heels-high-danger/

“Standing in high heels is like standing on a downward slope. Your body needs to lean back to correct the tilt forward.” Ms Petric, who runs a practice in Mundaring, said she often saw soft tissue pressure damage in feet, calluses, corns, badly shaped toes and ingrown nails. In severe cases, calf muscles shortened to adapt to the heels, which made it uncomfortable to walk in flat shoes or barefoot. A lot of damage was done when a woman was young and problems arose as they aged because damage occurred slowly over time to become persistent and sometimes permanent.
Source: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/lifestyle/a/-/lifestyle/18507115/high-heels-pose-high-pain-risk/

Michael Liebow, a podiatrist in Bethesda, Md., pulls out a wince-inducing photograph of a foot X-rayed in a high-heel shoe: It reveals the ball of the foot at a nearly 90-degree angle to the bones in the rest of the foot. It does not look good. The X-ray is a prop that Liebow says he shows to patients who walk into the office in 6-inch heels and say, My feet are killing me! Why? He says he tells them, That is not how your foot has evolved to walk. To sum up his brief and frequently futile plea for foot health: Humans are meant to walk heel-to-toe, with the leg near a 90-degree angle to the foot and the ankle joint employing a 60-degree range of motion during normal daily activities. By wearing a high heel, Liebow explains, youre altering the position of the foot and how the foot is to function.
Source: http://www.dallasnews.com/lifestyles/health-and-fitness/health/20130812-how-high-heeled-shoes-may-be-killing-your-feet.ece


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