Being the father of three daughters and married to the same woman for thirty years, I am no stranger to the female obsession with shoes. Yes, our house had its fair share of every type, color and shape of shoe, boot and sandal ever known to womankind, but it wasn’t until recently when I went to the mall with my daughters and grandchildren that I realized just how outrageous this obsession had become. As I trudged through multitudes of stores and boutiques, I was completely floored by all the ankle breaking and spine altering kinds of women’s shoes that were on display. This conglomeration of foot coverings caused involuntary outbursts of enthusiasm and joy from my family including my three year old granddaughter. I rolled my eyes a few hundred times and then retreated to a bench in the mall with my one year old grandson and a large turbo charged coffee to people watch. I found myself staring at the shoes women were wearing and then wondering how many injuries or other medical conditions were caused by what was on their feet?
It’s High Time You Ditched The High Heels
Do you wear high heels almost every day or do you cram your toes into those pointy shoes? If you do, you’re setting yourself up for trouble down the road. According to http://www.osteopathic.org statistics show that high heels are one of the biggest factors leading to foot problems in women. Extended wear of high heels and continually bending your toes in an unnatural position can cause a range of ailments from;
- · Ingrown toenails
- · Irreversible damage to leg tendons
- · Nerve damage
- · Osteoarthritis of the knee
- · Sciatica
Yes ladies, you may rock those pumps, but stepping on one rock could ruin your whole day, not to mention your whole leg and ankle.
Help, I’ve fallen And I’ve Broken Everything!
I have seen my wife and daughters take many a spill from wearing high heeled shoes and I must admit that some of those tumbles have been hysterical and YouTube worthy. Conversely, some have caused sprained ankles and even a scraped up face from where the sidewalk gave them a big kiss on the cheek. Those falls were not funny and could have resulted in a more serious injury. http://www.jfootankleres.com has reported that during the period from 2006-2010, the Victoria Emergency Department in Victoria Australia was presented with 240 injuries all directly related to wearing high heels and that more than three million women have received medical attention or even been rushed to the hospital because of their passion for killer heels. The majority of these injuries were of the ankles, but other injuries such as broken teeth, jaws, wrists and legs have also been reported from emergency rooms encompassing the globe.
Breaking The High Heel Habit
I get it, I really do. Well, no, that’s a lie, I really don’t, but thank you for looking stunning in those shoes. The time has come however, to take your foot health more seriously. Here are a few tips from http://www.osteopathic.org that can help you out:
- · Choose sensible heels an inch and a half or less with a wide base to evenly distribute your weight.
- · Wear soft insoles to reduce the impact on the knees
- · Alternate your shoe choice throughout the day or from one day to the next.
- · Stretch; take time every day to stretch your calf muscles.
Your feet are two of the most important body parts you have and should be well taken care of. I cannot stress this enough. Sure, those pumps look amazing on you and rock that outfit, but who’s going to want to massage those ugly feet and toes in about twenty years. Think about it? Would you? It’s time to ditch the heels ladies!