High heels- Suffer or understand them?

High heels

Suffer or understand?

High shoes slenderize female body, but they can result uncomfortable and even detrimental to health. For this reason, here are some recommendations for wearing high heels without any regrets.

Wearing a pair of cute and high heels may result attractive. But also, taking them off. High heels are one of those resources used by women to look, just in few seconds, more elegant, formal and impressive. Of course, there will be those women who do not give shoes any of these attributes, arguing that they just force woman to stand on tiptoes for several hours and adopt an unnatural corporal position. 

Although many women have get used their feet to high heels, there are medical certainties that indicate that a constant use of these type of shoes can be the cause of several trauma. Here are five aspects that should be taken into account when wearing these cute, but tough shoes: 

Effects on anatomy

Luis Guillermo Castro, orthopedist and traumatologist specialized in foot and ankle surgery at Universidad del Rosario and Colsanitas doctor, knows very well the problems that a continuous use of high shoes may cause. He states that wearing high heels can damage the lower lumbar spine, affect knees and damage the smallest toes. A common use of high heels the muscles located behind the calf and the Achilles tendon get shortened and retracted. This forces knees to work in flexion becoming for the person more difficult to walk with low heels or shoes without heels over the time.



It is not necessary to drive out the use of any heeled shoes, just they should have the suitable size: "Between two and four cm tall. This does not mean that those with higher heels should be thrown away, just that high shoes should be worn only on special occasions due to the pressure that cause to the muscles", indicates Dr. Castro.


Choose the suitable one

Not all heels are suitable for every woman. The most suitable ones for those women who are not used to wear high heels are thick-heeled shoes and front platform. This platform reduces the inclination of the foot becoming more comfortable. 


What does the science say?

A study published in 2015 by Hanseo University, in South Korea, included some conclusions about the impact that heels have on women. The study was done with a group of students aspiring to be stewardesses who had to attend their classes in heels. The second and third year students showed more strength in some muscles located near the ankle, while those who had already completed their studies showed weaker muscles and worse balance than their partners. This experiment revealed that heels do have a direct impact on women's health, being necessary to moderate their use and choose the most suitable ones.



Some exercises can mitigate the effect of heels on the body. Stretching the Achilles tendon (the one that joins the heel with the calf) is one example. It can be done by placing a towel around the arch of the foot and stretching and folding it. Another advice easy to apply is to take out the shoes when sitting. “Waring heels while sitting can alter the resting length of ankle muscles and tendons", indicates Neil Cronin, Biology professor at Jyvaskyla University (Finland) and expert on this subject.

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