Body PostureHigh heels puts your foot in a sliding position (foot pointed downward) placing a very high amount of pressure on your forefoot. This forces 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. This is not your body’s normal standing position.
GaitWhen you walk, your foot is in a more fixed downward position (sliding position) therefore you are not comfortable on the ground as there is no force. This causes your hip flexor muscles in your legs to work harder to move and pull your body forward. Your knees also stay more bent and forward, causing your knee muscles to work harder and stressed in the process because it’s working abnormally.
Body BalanceWalking in heels is like walking on a balance beam. It takes a lot of balance and just like teetering on a beam, there is not any support in a high heel shoe to catch you if you fall. High heel shoes cause your foot and ankle to move in a different way that is not of normal human movement (turned outward) position. This position puts you at risk for losing your balance and spraining your ankles.
BackThe normal curve-s shape of the back acts as a shock absorber, reducing reduce stress on the vertebrae. Wearing high heels causes lumbar (low-back) spine flattening and a posterior (backward) displacement of the head and thoracic (mid-back) spine. High heel shoes cause you to lean forward and the body’s response to that is to decrease the forward curve of your lower back to help keep you in line. Poor alignment may lead to muscle overuse and back pain.
HipsThe hip flexor muscles are located on the upper front part of your thighs. They are forced to work much harder and longer to help you walk because your feet are held in a downward position (plantar flexed) and have reduced power to move your body forward. If your hip flexor muscles are chronically overused, the muscles can shorten and a contracture can occur. If a contracture occurs, this could lead to flattening of the lumbar (low-back) spine.
KneesKnee osteoarthritis is twice as common in women. Some of that blame may be due to high heels. The knee stays flexed (bent) and the tibia (shin bone) turns inward when wearing high heels. This position puts a compressive force on the inside of the knee (medial), a common site of osteoarthritis. If you already have osteoarthritis, it is best to avoid wearing high heel shoes. High heels increase the distance from the floor to the knee and can result in increased knee torque which can also lead to osteoarthritis.
AnklesHeels limit the motion and strength of the ankle joint. The calf muscles (gastronomies & soleus) are shortened because of the heel height. The shortened muscles cause them to lose power when trying to push the foot off of the ground. The position of the ankle may also cause a shortening (contraction) of the Achilles tendon. This can increase the pull of the Achilles tendon where it attaches on the back of your heel bone (calcareous) and may cause a condition called insertion Achilles tendonitis.
FeetWith the foot in a sliding position, there is significant increase in the pressure on the bottom (plantar) of the forefoot. The pressure increases as the height of the shoe heel increases. Wearing a 3 1/4 inch heel increases the pressure on the bottom of the forefoot by 76%. The increased pressure may lead to pain or foot deformities such as hammer toes, bunions, bunionettes (tailor’s bunions) and neuromas. The downward foot position (plantar flexion) also causes the foot to be more supinated (turned to the outside). This change in foot position changes the line of pull of the Achilles tendon and may cause a condition called Haglund’s deformity (pump bump).
Skin and ToesThe narrow, pointed toe box that is often found in high heel shoes also causes damage such as corn’s calluses and blisters. If you look at a baby or toddler’s foot you will see that their toes are spread apart. If you look at an adult’s foot, their toes are usually squished together. A lot of times this is due to the footwear that has been worn. If you trace the foot bed (part of the shoe where you put your foot) of a high heel shoe on a sheet of paper, and then stand barefoot on that tracing, you will probably have quite a bit of overlap. Does it still seem like a good idea to put your foot inside that shoe?
Save Your FeetIf your car needs serving and you don’t do it on time it would only take time but it would definitely break down as a result of over engine malfunction, neglect or over heating this also refers to the human body Things need to be in alignment. It is highly advised that you only put on high heels for special occasion and when on heels they should not be above 11/2inch.your body and feet will love you for it and you would save cost and time going to see a podiatrist.#.