Years ago, Victoria Beckham stated that he could not think without wearing high heels. Therefore, we assume that You must have be a drama for him to be forced to get off the stilettos that, until recently, it looked at any time of the day. It all began during her last pregnancy, in 2011, which coincided with a diagnosis of herniated disc. Then, his doctors recommended you leave the heels aside, at least for a while. And, this year, she herself acknowledged that not already used them in their day to day and reserve them only for major events. And we? Are we clear the damage that heels make our feet?
What medicine on heels?
A survey by the American Podiatric Association 2014 concluded that the use of high heels is, by far, the biggest cause of inquiry by pains in feet at women. Health problems that can result from the use of high heels are varied. Some of the most significant are the following:
- Contortion of the sole of the foot (the biggest problem of all, according to a study by the Journal of Applied Physiology).
- Muscle fatigue and strains, due to the stance of staying for hours on tiptoe.
- Changes in the structure of muscle and tendons of the lower part of the leg (according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology).
“The worst consequence, for me, is just how limited your life foot permanent pain.” Patricia Ponte, chiropodist.
- Premature osteoarthritis in knees (according to research published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research).
- Balance problems, due to the alteration of the ankle joint (according to a study published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice)
- Calluses, blisters, bunions and toenails.
This is why high heels hurt your feet
The following chart, prepared by the Spine Health Institute, shows the body changes that occur in a body It uses flat shoe facing one wearing high heel:
As you can see, the heel and pushing the chest out, misaligned hip and spine, puts excessive pressure on the knees and makes that the body weight is distributed non-uniformly by the sole of the foot.
“The foot, such as the skin, has memory.” Patricia Ponte, chiropodist.
We spoke with Patricia chiropodist Ponte, confirming us as more women than men who pass through his clinic. Warns of the long-term damage of the heels, who sees in more than 60 patients affected by the footwear used years ago.
What shoes should use to care for our health?
Patricia Ponte recommends the type of shoe to protect our feet from damage. The… best heels only for very specific events, which do not cause damage in the long run, as does everyday. For the day to day, the ideal would be a shoe with a heel of about 3-4 centimeters and skin, fit to the person wearing it. «Completely flat shoes, like high heels, also are bad», explains.
For who refuses to give up the heel, it is always better a small wedge: It gives a slight height heel, not crushing the back and allows mobility in the articulation of the foot and ankle.
Tips to minimize damage
Spine Health Institute gives 7 tips for avoid the use of heeled shoes to do harm to our health:
- Avoid carrying heels during long periods of time.
- Do stretching in the legs before and after use.
- Try to limit the height of the heels to 5 cm.
- Always buy shoes in the evenings, When are the feet somewhat more swollen.
- Avoid the shoes of close tip.
- Use skin templates, It avoids the foot to slide inside the shoe.
- Have different shoes and alternate.
Feminism and heels
The use or not of heels has been an issue closely linked with feminism. On the one hand, historical records speak of how the bandaged foot in China was a form of control over women. Part of the American feminist movement related this practice with the current use of heeled shoes. For example, in this propaganda flyer of the Association Rochester Women Against Violence Against Women:
A statement from Christian Louboutin, one of the most important designers in the world, in 2013, returned to put the focus on the sexism inherent in the use of high heels. The French designer said that heel had the function of pleasing men.
On the other side of the opinion about shoes are those who consider that Historically, they have served to break patriarchal control. For example, some women began to use them in the 18th century to appear taller, male. Chelo Aestrid, in her High Heels article: Torture Device or Feminine Domination (‘ heels: instrument of torture or female domination») argues that this behavior of the women of yesteryear has its parallelism today in the use of high heels to give a look more dominant or powerful, especially in the workplace.
Although precisely in the work environment is another of the controversies. More than in the work environment, in fact, in the complicated dress code of some companies. In the United Kingdom, arose the controversy surrounding this topic this spring, due to the dismissal of a receptionist for refusing to wear high heel shoes.
Hadley Freeman, in his article Can to feminist wear high heels?, published in The Guardian, argues that the choice of own clothing, including shoes, it is an achievement of feminism, and that morally censor its use is the sexist behavior.
Instrument of patriarchal control or symbol of women’s Liberation, what is undeniable is that heel like the majority and that, as it has been shown, they are not always the best for our health, so It is in the hands of every woman the right to choose your shoes.