High Heel Lover, Do You Have An Aching Foot?


Planning to buy your next pair of high heeled stilettos? Think again! A new study conducted at the Stanford University Medical Center (US) reveals that women, who wear high heels regularly are at increased risk of developing arthritis later in life.

High-heeled shoes are undoubtedly stylish and many women can’t have enough pairs. With increasing popularity of western dressing styles many office going women prefer to dress up in stylish high heeled footwear. However, many of us don’t look beyond the stylish appearance of high heels. There seem to be several side effects of wearing high heels. Apart from making you uncomfortable and causing foot pain, on prolonged use it can have some serious effects on your health.

One research study found that, nearly 64 percent of women who were regular users of high heeled shoes at some point in their life reported hind-foot pain. Studies also report that people who wear high heeled footwear are more likely to have serious foot pain and injuries requiring emergency department presentation.

Foot pain is one of the most common complains reported by working professionals. It is mainly caused due to injury to the bones, ligaments, tendons or nerves and can be felt in the heel, toes, arch, instep, or bottom of foot (sole). As per one recent study, nearly 13 out of 100 officer goers in India report ankle or foot pain. In women, regular use of high heels has been reported as a major cause of foot pain.

The tissues, muscles or bones of our feet are capable of bearing all the weight of our body. However excessive mechanical pressure or the force causes tissue damage in the foot. The side effects of wearing high heels don’t just remain limited to the foot area, over time it starts to shorten the muscles in your calves and in your back, leading to pain and muscle spasms. Regular use of high heel shoes damages the Achilles tendon, which is a large ropelike band of fibrous tissue in the back of the ankle. Experts suggest that, in some women this tendon gets irreversibly affected, so that even if you stop wearing high heeled shoes, the pain still persists. Wearing high heels forces your foot into an unnatural shape that can lead to some serious foot problems in future.

So what are you planning to do to avoid foot pain?