The highs and lows of stilettos-Could this shoe ruin your health?

Stiletto heels seem to be the unreasonable fashion trend that simply will not go away.

It is no secret that women have been enjoying high heels for a long time. Now that the heels are becoming even higher and thinner, women seem to love them more and more. This trend will never stop.

High fashion

Anybody who is into fashion would wear them.

But why? Don’t they hurt? “Oh, absolutely,”. “They wear them because of how they look.”

Stilettos make a woman look great, according to a lecturer from East StroudsburgUniversity

“They are alluring to men and make your legs appear longer,” she said, warning, though, that women
wearing stilettos should use their abdominal muscles more in order to maintain good posture.

Trendy toes

Stilettos are used in many styles. Some have platforms and others are flat, but the flat ones are more fashionable now. Some have closed toes and some are the strappy sandal types. Shoes with stiletto heels are now even worn for casual wear.

The heels range from about three inches to a towering nine inches or more.

Some people change into them at work and then kick them off when they are sitting at their desks. They put them on only when they have to get up and look wonderful.

A Podiatrist’s view

Stiletto heels are very bad. Anything above a two-inch heel is bad for the feet.

Not only do stilettos change a woman’s posture, but the thinness of the heel affects her stability. With the thinner heel, you are more likely to sprain an ankle.

High heels with platforms are even more dangerous than the stilettos with flat fronts. They are worse for the stability because the front of the foot is not on the ground.

Stilettos can hurt your feet permanently.

Among other things, they can cause hammertoes. This condition causes the toes to contract and stay contracted.

The price of beauty

The shoes could also cause bunions, the bump on the side of the big toe caused by the tightness of the shoe. Once (hammertoes and bunions) form, which could happen in as little as a couple of years, they are there permanently. The stilettos could also cause knee, back and hip problems.

Heels could also cause corns and calluses, toenail problems, a shortening of the Achilles tendon, Haglund’s deformity (inflammation of the bony enlargement on the back of your heel), neuromas (“a neuroma causes a sharp, burning pain on the ball of your foot and stinging or numbness in your toes”), joint pain in the ball of your foot, and stress fractures.

Feet are damaged as a result of the wrong shoes.

To keep feet healthy, people should look for a sneaker-type shoe with plenty of room in the toe.


About Your feet and podiatry with Caron Orelowitz | Registered Podiatrist - Auckland

Caron Orelowitz was born in Johannesburg and emigrated to New Zealand in 1997. She studied Podiatry at The Witwatersrand Technikon and was in private practice in South Africa for a few years, before setting off to ‘the other side of the world’. Auckland Podiatry. Since 1998 she has been helping people of all ages who have problems with their feet, from the elderly, to sports people, and those who just want some TLC for the feet. At present she has 5 practices (with a satellite Diabetes Practice out West Auckland), owns a children’s shoe shop (Scooters in Remuera), and tries to fit in some exercise when time permits. Caron is an active member of Podiatry New Zealand (NZ), and holds the position of Treasurer for the Auckland Branch, as well as representing the Northern Region on the Executive Council. She is registered under HPCAA (Health Practitioner Competency Assurance Act), and is often seen attending (and organizing) Seminars and workshops. Caron has a special interest in Paediatrics and can often be seen on the floor showing children some exercises. ACC registered Discounts for Super Gold Card Holders, members of Grey Power and Green Prescription participants.

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