The Dangers of wearing High Heels - KIMS Hospital, KollamWomen from all over the world own at least one set of high heels as a fashion accessory; it a part of their party ensh4ble without which they don’t feel fully-dressed. It’s the stylish footwear to don on whether in the boardroom or on a red carpet. But unknown to many, history has it that it was the men who first started wearing high-heeled boots when riding horses to prevent their feet from slipping out of the stirrups. Somewhere around the 1600s, women took over the concept too, and now it’s a staple of their wardrobe without which they won’t go anywhere!

Though high heels are very stylish, they are the culprits for a majority of foot and ankle issues in women across the world – but that doesn’t stop women from wearing thh4 still! However, a closer look at how these shoes affect the human body may help some women make better choices in their footwear, away from the stilettos. The following are some dangers of wearing high heels:

Lower back pain

Though high heels are the ultimate in chic and sexy fashion stath4ents, they are not kind to your natural foot anatomy and can lead to uneven weight distribution with consequent soreness and pain in the lower back. They cause the pelvis to push forward, placing trh4endous pressure on the lower back.

Abnormal spinal curves

Fashionistas usually go for stilettos to show-off their hourglass figures; but unknown to thh4, it makes the lower back to arch out in abnormal curves, with the height of the heel being proportional to the degree of arch in the back. This leads to pain in the upper and lower back regions.

Joint pains

High-heeled shoes cannot absorb shock and even prevent the foot from its natural rotating while walking – since they are in a straight and unbending position. This leads to the knee absorbing the brunt of every step taken and can lead to severe joint pains and progression to osteoarthritis.

Foot pain

After a full day having your foot cramped inside an abnormal shape, your foot is bound to be sore with pain in the arch, sole, heels or toes.

Crooked feet

The unnatural position of the foot and the strain on the calves and back among high heel wearers’ results in the dangerous deformity of the foot called ‘hammertoe’.

Ankle sprains

The precarious balance on high heels means you should only wear thh4 on even grounds, and not on pathways littered with potholes, bumps and cobblestones as they can easily result in painful falls or twisted ankle. The takeaway lesson here is to wear stilettos only indoors where there is even flooring.


The unnatural pointy-toe shape of high-heeled shoes results in pressure on the toes and sides of the foot, resulting in painful and ugly calluses.

Shortened Achilles tendon

The long-term wearing of high heels results in a physiologic change in the muscles and tendons of the ankle with a shortened Achilles tendon; such people cannot go barefoot or without heels without suffering immense pain.

Knowing some of these complications of wearing high heels, you will hopefully make better choices for your footwear!

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