bad side of heelsHigh heeled shoes is one fashion trend no lady will ignore these days, even tall women also rock heels as high as six inches. Apart from adding to height and emphasizing a lady’s figure the heels does more harm than good. Studies have shown that these towering shoes can be costly in more ways than one, taking their toll on your spine, hips, knees, ankles and feet, while altering your posture and gait.

High heels can affect your body and posture in many ways…

Strains and pains: A woman’s body will try to adapt to the off-kilter balance heels cause by flexing the hips and spine. In order to maintain balance, the calf, muscles, hips and back become tensed. At the end of the day, this make for excess muscle fatigue and strain. Overtime, wearing heels can cause the calf muscles to bulge and cramp.

Chest and Hip: The chest and lower back are pushed forward, taking the hips and spine out of alignment

The knees: The knee is also affected as there will be excess pressure on it.

Posture: A high-heeled shoe places an increased amount of pressure on your forefoot, causing you to adjust the rest of your body to maintain your balance. the lower part of your body leans forward and to compensate for that, the upper part of your body must lean back to keep you balanced.

The Ankles: Besides ankle sprains; think about the broken ankles, bruised knees and elbows, and even the occasional concussion caused by wearing high heels. 

A heel’s height determines the weight carried by the foot wear. As the heels get higher, the pressure increases on the forefoot or ball of the foot. It is therefore advised that ladies wear these in moderation.