Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Are Your High-Heels Making You Sick?

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Are you wearing shoes that make you sick? If you're like most women your closet is filled with your favorite three-inch Stiletttos, Pumps, Slingbacks, Wedges, and Flip flops. But did you know that some shoes can be hazardous to your health?

For years, Podiatrist have been warning women about the damage high heels can cause to the feet, yet many women continue to sacrifice comfort for fashion. After all, how can a woman slip her feet down in a pair of flats after handing over $200.00 for a nice outfit?  What's a girl to do?

But studies show that women experience far more foot problems than men___foot,  back, and knee problems are due to wearing high heels.  The main reason, majority of women choose the incorrect height and style footwear. There is nothing sadder than a women squeezing her feet into shoes that are too small. Whether it is high or mid-heels, it can cause a painful knot on the back of the heel. The rigid material presses on the back of the heel and some  women develop what is called a "pump bump" which can lead to blisters, swelling, bursitis, even pain in the Achilles tendon. Ice, orthotics, and heel pads may provide pain relief -- along with better shoes. The bony protrusion is permanent. If you are overweight, the feet maybe prone to even more problems, there is pressure on the feet, they become larger and flatter.

Wearing high heels can also cause a condition known as Claw Foot or claw toes, where the bottom half bends down, making your toes look like claws. The condition is uncomfortable but not serious. High-heels also force the feet into a position that puts stress on the ball of the foot. Too much stress to the foot bones can even lead to hairline fractures.

"Everyone knows that high heels are bad for you," said Danielle Bakema," a bio chemist who conducted the new study at Iowa State University in Ames. "Wearing high heels puts individuals at even greater risk of developing knee osteoarthritis later in life. It can get to the point which there's bone to bone contact, and knee replacement."

DPM Hillary Brenner,a spokeswoman for the American Podiatric Medical Association, says
"Switching to lower heels will help you avoid problems with the metatarsal bones. The lower you go, the more natural your foot position will be. Brenner recommends choosing heels that are no more than 2 inches high-- and even those should be worn in moderation.

So what do you do if you still decide to wear high-heels? Here are some tips to find shoes that look and feel good.

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#1. Make Sure The Shoe Fit: Shoe sizes changes over the years, due to hormonal and natural changes because of aging. Next time you shop for heels, be sure to measure your feet for length and width.

#2. Too High: One of the most common problem with heels is pain under the ball of the feet due to, to much height. Too high heels puts more stress on the ball of the feet, ankle, and knees.

#3. More Coverage: Strap styles shoes are extremely popular, but have inadequate support, causing motions on already unsteady, high heels. It better to choose styles that fit the shape of your foot well, with shoe material to hold your foot in the shoes.

#4. Toe Torture: It is torture. The toe is cramped into a tiny shoe, without much material to cover the toe, forcing the toes to work hard at being stable. This can cause problem like hammer toe or claw foot. It will better to choose a shoe that has more material across the toes.

#5. Change To More Friendly Foot Wear: These include-slingbacks, slip on shoes, clogs,
 low heel sandals, lace up walking shoes, low heel toe pumps, loafers

Sammie Ward is a Author/Writer/Publisher. Visit her website at:http://www.authorsammieward.com. Don't forget to follow her at Twitter and Facebook

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