Wearing high heels undoubtedly bestows a woman with fashionable looks. However, everything in fashion is not always healthy. Experts suggest that wearing high heels daily for longer periods can damage your bones to the extent that surgery might become your last resort.
Wearing stilettos may result in degenerative arthritis — generally known by the name osteoarthritis. So the question that arises here is:
What exactly is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition of the joints that begins when the cartilage — a flexible connective tissue that acts as a cushion between the bones of joints — breaks down, causing the bones within the joint to rub against one another, which results in pain and stiffness.
Now that your are somewhat aware about the condition, let’s answer another question that pops up at this point..
How can high heels lead to Osteoarthritis?
High heels force unequal weight distribution on the foot bones, exposing those areas of joints to bear weight which are naturally not designed to do so. This results in painful foot conditions like bunions and metatarsalgias — commonly known as fore-foot pain.
Wearing such heels for long time also puts continuous pressure on the calf muscle.
Let alone arthritis, wearing high heels also increases risk for nerve pull, back pain, waist pain & knee pain.
What are the early symptoms of this condition?
Early-morning stiffness in feet that lasts more than 30 minutes, swollen feet and swollen back are some of the early symptoms of ‘degenerative arthritis’.
What if one still wants to or has to wear heels?
Experts suggest that if one can’t completely give up high heels, they can at least ensure that the height of the heel does not exceed 1 and a 1/2 inches. Also, they should preferably opt for wedges or platform shoes.
Teenage girls should avoid heels as it might affect their posture at an early age.
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