Why can't I wear high heels

Due to the constant overstretching of muscles and tendons of the foot, there is also the risk that a splayfoot or flatfoot will develop. However, this is also due to the fact that the arch of the foot is forced into an unnatural position by the shape of the shoe and regresses over time.

2. Back damage and knee osteoarthritis caused by high heels

By wearing high heels, the center of the body weight shifts forward, which puts a lot of strain on the spine and thus the intervertebral discs. The knee joints and the hips in particular are seriously damaged by the unnatural gait, which is necessary for the wearer to be able to keep her balance at all.

At the same time, the joints wear out faster due to the wrong load. The consequences, especially at a mature age, are osteoarthritis of the knees and hip joints as well as herniated discs - all of them painful and severely restrictive diseases that cannot or can only be remedied with great difficulty.

3. Damage to muscles from high heels

With a normal gait, the various muscle groups in the calves and thighs are alternately tensed and then loosened again. When wearing high heels, however, the muscles are under constant tension, which in turn leads to chronic tension and thus to muscle pain. Furthermore, entire muscle groups as well as ligaments and tendons are shortened, so that some women can only walk barefoot on their toes.

4. Venous disorders and varicose veins through high heels

Varicose veins and other venous disorders are also typical consequences of wearing high heels. These arise because the constant tension in the leg muscles causes the venous blood to build up in the leg and can no longer flow back to the heart. Varicose veins can usually only be treated surgically - and they keep coming back as soon as they appear.

For your health: walking on the ball instead of high heels

There are tons of tips around for the pain and damage caused by high heels. From foot gymnastics to cold casts, from insoles to gel plasters, many methods are intended to prevent or at least compensate for the consequences of high shoes. However, the fact is that all of this advice cannot reduce the physical harm and preserve health, because, of course, it does not eliminate the cause itself.

Deformations, varicose veins and arthrosis can only be avoided if you wear flat heels or high shoes with a heel of up to four centimeters as often as possible. High heels, on the other hand, should not be worn in everyday life, but only on special occasions, because occasional wearing has no other serious health consequences apart from temporary pain.

Incidentally, the so-called ball gait is a very good idea for the health of the feet and skeleton. Most people use it intuitively when walking barefoot. Try the ball walk once: The ball walk - go right!

And when it comes to the right footwear, for the sake of our health, like the famous Hollywood actress and Golden Globes award winner Emily Hunt, who declared in the wake of the Cannes affair: "We should do without high heels anyway".


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