Some girls wear high heels for work on a daily basis, while others wear them only when going out or on special occasions. Chiropractors recommend, if you have an option to wear more comfortable shoes, then you should. Here’s why:
It alters calf muscles and tendons
A 2010 British study revealed that wearing high heels on a daily basis results in stiffer Achilles tendons and calf muscles that are about 13 percent shorter than normal.
It’s not the overall size of the calf that changes, but the length of the muscle fibers. According to NPR, study author and physiologist Marco Narici compares the effect to muscle atrophy that strikes people confined to their beds for a long time. Bed rest keeps muscles in a fixed position, causing some muscle fibers to become shorter. Source: ConsumerHealthDigest
Improvement in posture is only temporary
The reason you stand up straighter when you first wear high heels is because you feel off-balance. Once you get used to them though, your posture more or less goes back to what it was. Just be mindful of how you hold yourself and it won’t matter whether you are wearing heels or not. Source: Cosmopolitan
It can cause arthritis
When we think about wearing heels, we think about aching feet and blisters, but ladies, have you thought about what bearing the burden of beautiful shoes does to your knees? A Harvard study found that wearing two-inch heels places 23 % more strain on the inner knee than wearing flats. This strain pushes the knee forward to accommodate the pressure needed to keep women balanced when they walk or stand. This research suggests that wearing heels contributes at least partially to the fact that women are twice as likely as men to develop osteoarthritis in their knees. Aside from the fact that this finding points to a troubling implication about the stress that beauty standards put on women’s bodies, the price of a pair of stilettos doesn’t seem worth the price of knee surgery does it? Source: LifeHack
We can help you deal with the pain due to constant use of high heels. If you’ve been experiencing this lately, find relief by calling us today!
Dr. Brian Floyd
3721 Delbrook Ave #119, North Vancouver, BC V7N 3Z4