A beautiful shoe can make the outfit, and beautiful, flashy heels always seem to burst on the scene around the holidays. But, what do these shoes that elongate the look of our legs do to our posture?
Are heels bad for us, and if so, why?
Don't get me wrong. I love wearing a good heel, but today I'll tell you why you should stick to wearing them only some of the time.
What do heels do to your body?
When your heel is raised off the ground it causes your body to shift forward. Your chest pushes out, your lower back tilts forward which takes your hips and spine out of alignment, excess pressure is placed on your knees, and increases pressure on the ball of your foot.
Because of the pressure on your forefoot, your upper body leans backward to compensate which can cause muscle overuse and back pain.
Wearing heels often can shorten and thicken your Achilles tendon. The height of the heel matters as well. A 3" heel can increase the pressure on the ball of your foot by 76%!
Things to consider.
If wearing heels is a must for you, here are some things to consider when buying and wearing your new shoes.
-Avoid wearing heels for a long period of time.
-Stretch your calf muscles before and after wearing them.
-Limit heel height to under 2 inches.
-Avoid pointed toes.
-Buy heels with leather insoles to keep your foot from slipping.
-Vary your footwear from day-to-day.
If you have aching feet after wearing heels for the day a hot Epsom salt foot soak for at least 10 minutes will increase blood flow to your feet and help with the pain.
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