Can our feet really get deformed from a really cute pair of heels?
Lets embrace our own height and quit trying to be someone else’s height everyday.
For years there have been talks on how high heels are bad for the feet but does any one really take it into account? There is that phrase “Beauty is pain”, but if we are all naturally beautiful why does it have to be painful? Don’t get us wrong. Here at So Worth Loving we LOVE the way some heels look with outfits. That is fashion. That is freedom of expression. But we feel we should jump on this bandwagon that the news has been confronting. High heels cause major feet issues as we age. Maybe you convinced yourself that you will just deal with it when it comes - if it comes. A question to think about is.. when we are “breaking in” heels.. are we really breaking them in or are they just damaging our feet? To you it may be a risk worth risking. If you plan on risking this that is totally your decision, but just know the problems you may be faced with. Ignorance is not so bliss sometimes…
A foot surgeon Dr. Neal M. Blitz said “As people gravitate towards healthier shoes then industry will respond by producing more healthier fashionable shoe options.” We’ve got the power to change the way this industry is. It will take a TON of us but we have that power. Read below his list of the common foot problems. After we read these we thought “Ick… we’d rather embrace our height, wear heels on special occasions and forgo the deformed feet for fashion- besides.. toe cleavage in flats we think is sexy."
Three common foot problems often associated with high heels and pointy-toe shoes are: (from Huffington Post)
- The Bunion: This is a bony prominence on the inside of the foot at the big toe joint and looks like a knob. A bunion forms when the big toe is pushed towards the second toe. A bunion is not the overgrowth of bone, rather the subluxation of the big toe joint over time. When surgery is indicated, it typically involves the breaking and resetting the dislocated bone with a screw(s). The surgeries involves six to eight weeks of recovery.
- A Hammer Toe: This is a condition where a toe becomes buckled or crooked. Thick calluses may form on pressure spots. A common surgery, when indicated, involves removing the knuckle of the deformed toe. A wire holding the toe steady protrudes from the tip of the toe for several weeks.
- Tight Calf Muscle (Equinus): Long term use of high heels are thought to cause shortening of the Achilles Tendon, resulting in more pressure being placed on the ball of the foot. Many foot surgeons consider this an underlying cause of several foot problems such as bunions, hammer toes, flat feet and others. Stretching may help counteract the problem. When surgeons believe this problem is pathologic, they may recommend lengthening of the Achilles tendon or cutting a muscle in the calf.
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