No to High Heels
do toe pain, mid foot pain, heel pain, ankle pain, knee pain, hip
pain, lower back pain, mid back pain, upper back pain, and headaches
all have in common?
can all be caused by wearing high heels on a regular basis.
my wife and I walk around a mall, I almost always get an itch to
go around and break the heels off of every high heel in sight. This
neurosis of mine is the result of having treated numerous women
over the years whose aches and pains have been directly caused by
wearing high heels on a regular basis.
of your feet is made up of 26 major bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments,
and 19 muscles and tendons. Leonardo Da Vinci was right on when
he called the human foot "a masterpiece of engineering and
a work of art."
feet are designed to provide you with balance and strength as you
walk or run over many different types of terrain. Here are some
more fun facts about your feet:
Your two feet strike the ground an average of 1,800 times over
the course of walking one mile.
The average person walks around 5 miles per day, translating to
8,000 to 10,000 steps per day.
When you walk, your feet bear the force of one and one-half times
your body weight. When you run, this force increases to three
to four times your body weight.
so much demand on your feet just to get through an average day,
it doesnt take Mr. Trumps next apprentice to realize
how important it is to wear comfortable shoes. Even with super comfy
running shoes on, your feet have tremendous strain on them throughout
the day. Can you imagine the burden they face when your entire weight
and more is crushing down on the base of your toes rather than being
evenly distributed to all 26 bones of each foot?
high heels creates faulty biomechanics and unnecessary stress on
your ankles, knees, pelvis, and potentially throughout your entire
spine. This is because your body, from feet to head, is one long
chain of gears, where the happy functioning of each gear depends
on the happy functioning of every other gear. If the joints of your
feet dont work properly because of the strain of wearing high
heels, you can bet your life savings that other areas of your body
are forced to compensate and suffer extra wear and tear. In some
cases, the compensatory changes that result from wearing heels can
cause the muscles behind your neck to be stiff, putting pressure
on nerves that can result in chronic headaches. As Socrates once
said, "when your feet hurt, you hurt all over."
have approximately four times as many foot problems as men. Wearing
high heels is undoubtedly a major reason for this.
of the facts. Lets get on to some suggestions on how to properly
take care of your feet:
Strive to never wear high heels.
When you go shopping for shoes, do it in the afternoon or evening,
as feet tend to get a little bigger throughout the day because of
fluid accumulation. You want your shoes to be able to comfortably
house your feet when they are at their biggest.
Measure your feet each time you buy shoes. And be sure to measure
them while you are standing. Dont forget to wear the thickest
socks that you would normally wear.
Try shoes on both of your feet, as one foot may be larger than
If youre not already there, strive to be lean and mean for
your body type. Being overweight means extra stress for your
feet, not to mention the joints of your legs and spine. Have you
ever felt the weight of a 10-pound bag of potatoes? This is the
extra stress that your feet feel all day long if you are 10 pounds
Eat whole, unprocessed foods that will keep your blood vessels and
circulation strong, as the health of the tissues in your feet
are largely dependent on how efficiently they receive nutrients
and have waste products shuttled away. The two worst foods for your
circulation are hydrogenated oils and sugar. Try to stay away from
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