Shoes, especially heels, are wonderful for image. Wearing high heels makes a person look more professional, adds height, and improves the image of a person’s backside and legs. Furthermore, they inspire confidence as a person needs to walk a particular way in heels: usually it’s a tall, powerful gait.
“A shoe has so much more to offer than just to walk.” -Christian Louboutin
However, this is not a praise on heels. Unfortunately, there are plenty of physical cons for heels.
“What’s so bad about heels?”
- Your weight is forced onto your toes and the balls of your feet, especially for higher inch heels. To compensate, your body tries to equal out the weight by putting pressure on the heel of your foot.
- Both the inner and outer arches of your feet are forced into an ‘over-arch’ position. This causes cramping, which is why most people need to rub their feet once the shoes are off.
- Going upwards, the unnatural posture of the feet causes the calves to tense up. The Hamstrings and Quadriceps of the thigh then follow suit to keep the body upright while it stands on tip toe.
- Gluteus muscles also tense up, which is why the butt gets that lifted effect in heels. However, as the butt lifts, the curve in the lower back becomes over extended.
- Once one part of the spine becomes out of place, it effects everything else, all the way to the top of the neck. The ribs suck in to keep the body from tipping over.
- If the person already had a forward head and shoulder posture, the tension is practically doubled with heels on. Because of the natural forward posture, the muscles in the back must tense to keep the body from faceplanting.
Personal note: If you wear heels and have headaches, they might be connected! Talk to your Chiropractor or Massage Therapist about it at your next appointment.
Keep an eye out for heels all over the place. Sneakers and some flats have small heels to them now and all have these same effects, just not to the extent of a full heel.
“Is there any point to getting supports in my shoes?”
Yes. Supports can take off the pressure your body puts on your feet. But sometimes a generic support just doesn’t do enough. Orthopedic doctors will help get specialty supports for those clients that need them.