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6 reasons why i gave up on high heels footwear

New Years Eve is coming very soon, not to say that’s it’s already there and women are going through two main concerns :

  • how they should detox after Christmas dinner ; we already replied to this question here.

  • which outfit should they wear for NYE party

So we thought we could try to give you a hand about a part of your outfit : the footwear part ! Most of the women know it, high heels is not the healthiest choice when it comes to footwear, although sneakers trend has been upgraded, it is still a fashion “faux-pas” for such a big night. We assume high heels might make your legs look longer and so on, slimmer but what if, you had to choose between esthetics and body damage…?

High heels can trigger so many wrong patterns all over your body, you have no clue !

You may use high heels as an occasional footwear but on a regular basis, you can actually impact just about every part of your body ; we can relate on how much patients came to visit for neck pain we found was high-heels related, a LOT !

High heels related injuries nearly doubled over the last decade. Although you’re already aware of its impact, here is a friendly reminder if you already know and a beginner guideline if you don’t !

  1. Bunions

    A bunion also called hallux valgus is the bony bum that sticks out at the base of your big toe. It somehow is considered like a bone that is out of its place due to narrow footwear and high heel creating abnormal pressure and so on, affecting the gait and steps.

  2. Lateral ankle sprain

    You’re more likely to injure yourself through lateral ankle sprain because of the position of the foot in the footwear…

  3. Ingrown nails

    Because of the pressure put on the big toe, increased in high heels footwear, you’re more likely to develop ingrown nails.

    Special recommendations should be done toward type 2 diabetes patient, who should be aware of the lack of blood circulation while walking with high heels.

  4. Lower back pain

    High heels have been proved to reduce the natural lower back lordosis leading to an overuse of the lower back deep muscles due to throwing of your entire body’s posture. If you already face such a condition without high heels, you might make it worst while wearing such footwear but also afterward.

  5. Major posture problems

    Studies have been proving that the earlier you start wearing heels the most impacting it is for teens. It can then cause permanent postural dysfunctions among lumbar hyperlordosis, knee valgus, forward head posture or pelvic anteversion.

  6. Nerve damage

    Women are more likely to develop the so-called Morton’s neuroma, a syndrome characterized by swelling, thckening or enlargement of the nerve between toe bones (usually located between the 3rd and the 4th toe, can also affect the nerve between the 2nd and the 3rd toe)

l’ordonnance “osteo”

  • avoid wearing high heels everyday

  • avoid standing or walking for long periods with your high heels, instead bring some sneakers to switch from one to another from time to time

  • avoid narrow and tight-pointed shoes even if they make you look “better”

  • soak your feet in water and salt (you can also use baking soda as an alternative)

  • stretch your calf muscles (you may eventually start with 3-4 reps of 30 secs up to a minute) per side !

If you have any troubles, reach your healthcare professional to seek for advices and/or appropriate treatment.