Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Topical Tuesdays: Heels: A Fashionable Pain?


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They make us taller, sexier & feel 100 times more confident whilst wearing them. We collect them, we lust after them, we simply love them. Yes that's right ladies, I'm talking about shoes! Heels in particular. Kitten heels, 6-inch heels, heeled ballet pumps & wedges. Those little beauties that complete an outfit & give height for any girl who feels she is not quite tall enough. We just can't seem to get enough of them can we? But what is the science behind this beautiful creation? And are they good for us? Let's find out!


We've all been there. We need a new pair of shoes for that big night out that's coming up & we're walking (may I add quite awkwardly, unless you're a pro at wearing heels!) up & down Topshop, trying not to topple over! No matter how uncomfortable we just can't say no to a brand new pair of gorgeous heels that would go great with that little black dress. However, do you really know how wearing heels affects your health? Here's the sciencey bit!



Studies have shown that wearing high heels regularly can really affect your posture. It's hard to believe with all that added height, you feel like you're back is straighter than ever, but the truth is that when we wear heels, especially if we find them particularly difficult to walk in, we actually naturally slouch our backs in order to walk. Done regularly this can lead to serious back problems, and walking about with a bad back isn't the most fashionable thing in the world! 
When we try to squeeze our tootsies in to the small space in the front of a heeled shoe, the ligaments & tendons in our feet begin to stretch & tear. They can even rupture, causing damage to our feet. This can also lead to bunions which is a painful swelling on the first joint of the big toe, never a pretty sight! Worn daily, heels can even lead to irreversible damage to our leg tendons, scary stuff. There's a reason they're called "killer heels" ladies!


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By wearing heels you obviously raise the heel of your foot which when you do pushes your center of gravity forward. When this happens your body will naturally bend your lower back to compensate, this is how we try to regain balance. When you do this the position of your spine changes, putting pressure on the nerves in your back.

This whole process can cause sciatica, which is a very painful condition where nerves become trapped which triggers pain & numbness in the back. This pain can move right down to the feet. 

Another problem that can occur from wearing heels is permanent damage to the Achilles tendon (the bit that runs up the back of your leg). This tendon is designed to be flexible so that it can lie flat or point. However many women who wear heels on a regular basis often suffer from a shortening of this tendon as once the heel is pointed upwards it tightens up. Stretching it again can cause a great deal of pain. Due to this damage many women find that they have to continue wearing heels because when they try to put their foot flat it causes too much pain. How can we say goodbye to our beautiful ballet pumps & trainers?

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Finally there's the all important "head-over-heels" trick. Let's face it, we've all had a night out where we've had one too many glasses of wine & whilst wearing shoes like these tripping over seems to be inevitable (it seems I however I am able to do this sober as a nun!) It isn't a pretty sight girls! A tip would be to keep a soft pair of ballet pumps in your bag (in case of emergencies!) It is suggested that trying to keep heels to a maximum of 3 inches & only wearing them occasionally that these problems can be avoided.


So there you have it. Those are the real dangers of heels. I hope this has helped any of you suffering with back problems & trying to figure out the source of it. Remember, you can still wear those gorgeous new Jimmy Choo's which cost you a fortune! Just try to save those babies for best!


Are you obsessed with heels? Let me know how often you wear your fave pair!
Kelly xx

8 comments:

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  2. I hate heels, how can something so pretty hurt so much? :( Haha. I've given up on stilettos I just try and find the most comfortable wedges/heels I can!
    Spider Leg Lashes xo

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    1. Aha, I know! Wedges are a great alternative to heels! :)

      Kelly xo

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  3. Great post!! I have heard some nasty stories about eoplw having serious falls in their heels resulting in nasty injuries. I guess its one of those things , no matter how bad for us they are theres just no talking us out of wearing them. I for one will take the risk for all my beautiful shoes lol

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    L x

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    1. Thank you! :)

      Me too, I just try to be very careful when doing that! Haha!

      Kelly xo

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  4. I haven't gotten into heels that much - I can only really walk in wedges unfortunately!
    I have just discovered your blog - I love it! I'm a new follower :)
    I'm doing a Review a Day week over on my blog where I review a different beauty product every day for a week, so it would be awesome if you could check it out!
    Ella x
    http://beautibits.blogspot.co.nz/

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    1. Yeah I'm not great in heels, much prefer wedges!
      Thanks so much! :)
      Sure!

      Kelly xx

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