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Jan 14, 2008

Are High Heels a Health Hazard?

Fashionable footwear can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, so it's no wonder that women wear their pumps and stilettos long after the pain sets in. But are you doing more damage to your feet than a few bandages and a foot massage can cure?

Pump Perils
Stilettos are nearly synonymous with style. After all, sky-high heels make a woman’s legs look longer, accentuating her calves and adding a few inches of height. However, they also can put an unnatural strain on the feet and may lead to the following health problems.

Hammertoe. When toes are forced against the front of shoes, an unnatural bending results. This can lead to hammertoe, a deformity in which the toe curls at the middle joint. Toes may press against the top of the toe box of the shoe, causing pain and pressure.
Achilles tendon problems. Women who wear high heels over a long period of time may experience a shortening of the Achilles tendon, which is located at the back of the foot and leg. This may result in Achilles tendonitis, as well as pain in the heel and arch of the foot.
Nerve pain. Because wearing tight shoes puts pressure on nerves, some experts believe they may cause long-term damage and even arthritis. High heels with pointed toes or rigid soles can impede the foot’s mechanical function by limiting flexibility of the toes and ankles.
Balance problems. High heels pitch the weight of the body forward onto the ball of the foot, which upsets the foot’s stabilizing mechanics. This puts the individual at a higher risk of falling or spraining an ankle.
Varicose and spider veins. Wearing high-heeled shoes causes the wearer to use the muscles in the buttocks, rather than the calf muscles, to walk. This restricts blood flow in legs, and the lack of circulation may cause unsightly spider veins or more serious varicose veins.
Neuroma. This condition, also known as Morton’s neuroma or plantar neuroma, is caused when feet are forced into tight, narrow high-heeled shoes. The shoes pinch a nerve and cause tissue to start forming around it, which can cause severe pain. If the problem is severe, surgery may be necessary.

Sometimes we have to bare wearing high hells..just because ... maybe we wanna be look cute or something. As they say " If you want to be look good.. suffer even it hurt".