High heels are considered the ultimate in women’s fashion, with countless styles taking the wearer to new and “fashionable” heights. The thing is, all this fashion takes its toll on your feet, as Epoch Times reports. In fact, regular heel use not only can cause chronic foot pain and other disorders, but can trigger pain all the way up to your neck.
The feet are a very common source of pain, with 8 in 10 Americans experiencing some form of foot problem from an array of causes beyond high heels. Common foot problems that cause pain and discomfort include plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, toenail fungus, ingrown toenails and plantar warts — some of which are directly related to the shoes you wear.
Some foot problems are common to certain groups of people. For example, plantar fasciitis — inflammation in the ligament that runs along the sole of your foot — is one of the most common chronic injuries in runners. The ligament attaches to the bottom of your heel bone, which is why the pain is often felt in your heel. People who are at the highest risk of having plantar fasciitis are active men and women between 40 to 70 years old.
While some people’s foot problems are so severe they need surgery — for example, with bunions or hammertoes — you also can address foot pain with various foot exercises.
Another helpful exercise is the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), which involves tapping specific points on your head and chest with your fingertips while thinking about your pain and voicing positive affirmations. The combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the emotional block from your body’s bioenergy system, thus restoring your mind and body’s balance.