Do These Heels Make My Feet Look Bad?


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On any given weekend night, hundreds of girls are seen in downtown State College wearing high heels.  These heels generally boost the height of these girls four or five inches.  After making the trek to their destination of the night, it is assumed that their feet are starting to hurt.  The first feelings of pain are easy to ignore, but after walking several blocks and avoiding any small cracks or holes in the sidewalk that might catch the teeny point of a stiletto, the foot cramps start to set in even more. Certainly your feet may be aching after a night of partying, but besides blisters, are these shoes actually doing damage that can't be seen by the naked eye?

Podiatrist Michael Liebow, M.D., has something to say to these girls who endure the pains of beauty on the regular.  Thanks to evolution, humans are two-legged animals that are designed to walk in heel-toe fashion.  Quite simply, Liebow points out that high heels change the function of your feet. This alteration can lead to many painful issues, including corns, inflammation of the joints in the toes, pinched nerves, plantar fascia, and tightened Achilles tendons.  Furthermore, overstretching your feet as soon as you remove your shoes can lead to Achilles tendonitis, which is incredibly painful and often requires physical therapy.

 

Beyond these problems that can develop from long-term wearing of heels, there are some minor consequences that take place.  Heels alter your posture, places an increased amount of pressure on your knees, and by throwing off your balance, it is much easier to injure your ankles.

Heels have a reputation for being glamorous and chic, and they can absolutely pull an outfit from cute to gorgeous. It's unrealistic to believe that these consequences will lead all women to toss their heels for good. However, it is important to give your feet a break every now and then.  After all, they are responsible for carrying your body around every single day.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/27/high-heels-infographic_n_3512091.html

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This post caught my attention right away because of the picture you added. Just looking at the picture my feet started to hurt. I am all about having fun and going out at night, but I will never understand how or why girls wear these super high heels that just look excruciatingly painful. There's no doubt that heels aren't the most supportive shoes for your body so after reading your post I tried to find other options that are just as fashionable. I came across the article that I have the link to posted below and it actually suggested that some heels are better for you than flats. Of course, they aren't talking about the five or six inch stilettos that you could kill yourself with, but smaller heels that fit to your feet better. Check out the link for more tips for you, or any of you other girls out there that still want to rock those heels, but hopefully be a little bit more comfortable!

http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/beauty-style/how-wear-high-heels-without-pain

I loved your idea for this blog post!It is definitely something I've always been curious about but never really took the time to look into. As someone who has completely flat feet, I know I've definitely struggled to walk in heels and feel as though they are incredibly painful to wear just to look good. This New York Times blog post is really interesting and might be something for you to check out as well! http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/25/scientists-look-at-the-dangers-of-high-heels/?_r=0

I loved your idea for this blog post!It is definitely something I've always been curious about but never really took the time to look into. As someone who has completely flat feet, I know I've definitely struggled to walk in heels and feel as though they are incredibly painful to wear just to look good. This New York Times blog post is really interesting and might be something for you to check out as well! http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/25/scientists-look-at-the-dangers-of-high-heels/?_r=0

I am a girl here at state college and I completly agree with what you are saying. We all wear high heels when we go out and they are definetly not good for our feet. After a long night of dancing, walking, maybe even running in them my feet need a break. I've had blisters and all kinds of cuts on my feet after wearing high heels for too long. I do agree, they do make an outfit but sometimes it's not worth it to wear them. Women are never going to give up wearing heels because we feel more feminine in them. Shoe companies should make the shoes a little more comfortable for us. They probably don't because we buy them anyways. One time I was wearing high heels and I fell and twisted my foot and tore the ligaments in my left foot. It was extremely painful and took a while to heal. However, I found myself wearing high heels out before I "should have" because I love them.

Wearing heels is definitely something I will never give up! I am 5'2" and I love my heels! A really nice way to be able to wear your heels but not hurt your feet is to buy some Dr. Scholl's roll up flats. They are really convenient,and fit right into your clutch! I just swap out my heels for the flats once I get to wear I'm going, and swap them back for the walk home.

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