How to Wear High Heels to Avoid Health Problems

High-heeled shoes are a fashion staple in many women’s wardrobes. But wearing them too often is not only painful, it can be dangerous too. Not paying enough attention to your feet may lead to posture problems and foot deformities.

Today, we at Bright Side have prepared this infographic that will explain how to wear your favorite pumps and stilettos without killing your feet.

How High Heels Hurt Your Body

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.

The Height Of Womens’ High Heels Depends On Their City’s Socioeconomic Status; Consumers Conform To Styles Of Wealthy

Whether we’re aware of it or not, we all have a personal style. We use clothing to portray ourselves to the world in a certain way. Businessmen wear suits to assure others of their professionalism, for example. Women, claims a new study, project wealth simply through the height of their heels.

Women tend to adopt local trends when traveling or moving to wealthier cities but ignore them when moving to poorer ones, found study co-author Kurt Gray. He and his colleagues analyzed thousands of shoe purchases made by women who have moved to different cities.

“In other words, women want to look like rich girls, and different from the poor girls,” said Gray, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in a statement.

Gray and his team, which included researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Yale University, linked up with a massive online fashion retailer to gain access to data on women’s purchases. They looked at five year’s worth of shoe shopping, totaling 16,236 transactions, by women who had moved to one of 180 United States cities.

It can be difficult to quantify style choices, so the team focused on an objective measurement: the height of high heels. This number changed as women moved, but not uniformly. When a woman moved to a city with high status, like New York or Los Angeles, the height of purchased heels closely matched that of shoes other women in the same zip code had bought. This demonstrates a desire for conformity, the researchers believe, one that contrasts sharply with what happened when women moved to a city with a lower socioeconomic status. In this situation, the heel heights of their shoes more closely matched those of their past purchases, suggesting a desire to maintain individuality.

The researchers call the phenomenon “trickle down conformity,” and wrote that fashion ideas and preferences usually travel from the top down and not the reverse.

“Walmart watches the style on the runways in Milan, but Milan never watches the styles at Walmart,” Gray said. “From the beginning of time, people have thirsted for respect and social standing, and have aligned themselves with the powerful and distanced themselves from the powerless. So it makes sense that they do the same with heel sizes.”

Gray also mentioned another possible reason for the conformity: The income gap in America is widening, and the more inequality there is, the more people want to look rich. These feelings would encourage retailers to offer low-priced items that looked high-class. Gray and colleagues conclude that the fashion industry isn’t just about making money, but “letting people look like they belong with money.”

Julia Roberts’ Barefoot Protest: One More Nail In The Coffin of Patriarchy.

Hollywood diva Julia Roberts made waves last weekend at the Cannes Film Festival when she arrived barefoot for a screening of her film Money Monster. It was probably a form of protest against the unwritten dress code at the festival, where many female actors were kept out last year for wearing flat shoes – ie, shoes without heels.

While it is no secret that women go to extraordinary lengths to appear comfortable in high heels, and footwear companies encourage this kind of fashion statement in women, one wonders whether high heels are not another covert feminine acknowledgement of continuing patriarchy.

High heels emphasise legs and the female form, but they also come with physical risks. In October 2012, then Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard tripped at Rajghat wearing high heels. Thousands of women sprain ankles while walking with heels on uneven surfaces and/or soft terrain. Many have sported broken shoe-heels and courted embarrassment in public places. Men may like watching women in heels, but women court risks wearing them.

In a patriarchal world, emphasising legs and body shape probably gave women an evolutionary advantage in the competition for mates with status and power. But the developed world is moving fast towards equality, and it should have been a matter of time before the human species followed nature’s law – where the male is the one taking risks to woo the female. Western women should have been giving up risky heels to emphasise equality with males, but the billions of dollars spent by the fashion business probably makes it tougher for them to give up on the idea.

In India, where men are in chronic oversupply in most states due to female foeticide, one would have thought that the heel should have been on the other foot. A skewed demography should have meant men having to do more of the wooing than women. While growing sales of male grooming products indicates that this trend is coming, one area where it isn’t happening is in the heels business – which continues to be female dominated.

Nature made the male of the species the risk-taker, and often the better looking partner in the mating game. This is because males have to woo females in most species.

The lion looks much more majestic than the lioness. The peacock, despite the risk of being eaten by predators, sports elaborate feathers that get enhanced during its mate-wooing dance. The peahen is nowhere in the business of being attractive. Similarly, male pheasants or mandarin ducks are more colourful than their female counterparts. This may not be universally true, but the point is this: more often than not, it is the male of the species that needs a leg up in the wooing game.

The human female’s assumption of risks with high heels is probably an anachronism left behind by the rise of patriarchy in our evolutionary journey. But it is sure to change.

Julia Roberts was probably sending a coded message that this needs to change. Good for her. Men should take note.