Who doesn’t love wearing heels? But do you know wearing heels can have an adverse effect on health, especially on the bones among other health hazards?
According to a report from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr Uma Kumar, Head of Department- Rheumatology, says, “Wearing high heels every day for long hours can lead to cumulative damage of bones and emerge as a leading cause for arthritis.”
Osteoarthritis, one of the most common chronic and long-lasting joint conditions, is caused by joint damage where the cartilage breaks down, causing the bones within the joint to rub together. This leads to pain, stiffness and other issues.
“Women, especially those who are below 40, are coming to AIIMS with such joint pain-related issues caused due to wearing of high heels.
If ignored, these may lead to severe health problems which may need surgery to be cured, said Dr Uma Kumar in a report.
High heels cause unequal weight distribution on the foot bones, exposing those areas of joints to bear weight which is normally not designed to do so. This results in painful foot conditions like bunions and meta-tarsalgias — also known as fore-foot pain, she said.
“Wearing heels generates pressure on knees and toes and they start aching if heels are worn for too long. The calf muscle is also stressed continuously,” Uma Kumar added.
Besides arthritis, wearing high heels also increases the risk for nerve pull, back pain, waist pain and knee pain. Early symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain in joints, early morning stiffness in feet for more than 30 minutes and swelling in feet and back.
“If one is keen on wearing heels, it is advised to go for wedges or platform shoes.
The problem rises with a height of the heel and the ideal height should be one and a half inches,” Uma Kumar suggested.
She advised that heels should be avoided by teenage girls because it may affect their posture at an early age and develop chronic pains later.
Speaking to Pune365, city-based Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr Rohan Diwekar opined, “Wearing any type of high heels is not good for women, these heels can take a toll on your spine, hips, knees, ankles and feet – which suffers the most of all.
When an individual wears heels, the body weight is distributed unevenly. They shift much of their weight to the balls of the feet, along with the toe bones.
Over a period of time wearing heels can cause chronic overuse injuries, leading to pain. Due to poor support and the unnatural walking ways, High heels can cause trouble for your ankles and knees.
The reason for joint problems is often the lack of significant support in your shoes. This can cause more wear and tear issues in your joints. It hampers not only the muscles, but is also linked to painful conditions such as osteoarthritis of the knee and lower back.
“Wearing heels is not a problem if you choose it wisely. If the sole of the shoes is well cushioned then that helps provide comfort while walking,” says Alisha Ferrera, Fashion designer.
While buying heels ensure that they are of leather and not synthetic because leather can be stretch according to you feet and walking style. While synthetic is tough and cant be stretched and that makes it difficult while walking.
From past few years, there is not a single day where am wearing flats apart from going to a gym. Speaking about joint problems Alisha says, Am certainly not an expert to talk about it but with my experience, I can say that if you wear it correctly it is just like a normal shoe, she added.
Walking in heels isn’t any different from walking in flats, says Shweta Agarwal, CRM.
I have been wearing heels for past 10-12 years on daily basis and till date, I have never faced any problem.
There are different types of heels one can choose accordingly. It also depends on the way you walk and walking with the correct posture can help you ease the pain and balance the impact on your muscles and joints, she added.
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