By Kalo Kagathia • February 01, 2007•Other Issues
“women account for about 90% of the nearly 800,000 operations each year for bunions, hammertoes (a permanent deformity of the toe joint in which the toe bends up slightly and then curls downward, resting on its tip), and trapped nerves, and most of these surgeries can be linked back to their high-heeled shoe choice.”(http://www.personalhealthzone.com/high_heels.html) A simple search on Google reveals numerous articles from researchers and doctors, all urging women to throw out their heels. Amongst these articles there are often references to surveys and statistics - all which illustrate the fact that though I am ashamed of the risk I am taking for vanity - I am certainly not alone. Despite the immediate pains of sore feet and blisters, despite the risk of slipping, tripping, and falling, and despite the evidence of the future problems we may be causing to our own bodies, we continue to wear our heels. Though I am aware of how ridiculous my choice to wear heels is, there are things I have started to do to provide my feet at least some relief. I stretch the muscles in my legs, feet, and toes. I vary my heels so that my feet are not subject to the same exact stress points every day - particularly when it comes to my toes. Though trendy, the pointed toe can be dangerous to your little piggies - the pain you feel when they’re scrunched together down there, well they’re trying to tell you something. If you are like me and are unwilling to let go of your pointed shoes, at least give your feet a break by not wearing them every day. One of the most important things that experts agree on is that the more you wear heels, the more you are at risk. If you are someone who wears heels with everything, consider a change. Many doctors recommend that heels be worn less than 50% of the time. Take your heels off when you come home from work, and try to set vanity aside once in a while and wear flats. Because walking can create repetitive trauma on the stress points in your legs and feet (and particularly your knees) you should consider joining the masses who wear sneakers with business suits on your way to and from work. You may feel silly but your feet will thank you. I am not a doctor, so I have provided some links for you to check out - many of which provided the information given above. I commend those of you who are more reasonable than I when it comes to footwear. I remember a time when I was jealous of the girl who could wear heels all day long. Knowing that girl may someday share the fate of Victoria Beckham (who had surgery for this) has completely changed my mind. Recommended Reading • I particularly like this article, as it is succinct and includes links to photos that will frighten you. • This article even suggests that a particular heel can diminish your reproductive abilities! • See also articles at the Daily Mail, Personal Health Zone, Health A to Z, Wikipedia, Medical College of Georgia, and The Boston Channel.