There’s no doubt high heels instantly take your outfit to the next level. Most women feel more confident and sexy while wearing a pair of four-inch heels. Not surprisingly, high heels are uncomfortable to stand/walk in for long periods of time. They also aren’t great for your feet.
When you wear a pair of heels, the ball of the foot is essentially at a 90-degree angle to the bones in the rest of the foot. In fact, wearing “four-inch stilettos can up the amount of pressure on the front of the foot by 30 percent or more,” according to Women’s Health.
Wearing heels prevents us to walk the way our bodies are designed: heel-to-toe. Podiatrist, Dr. Michael Liebow, says “you’re altering the position of the foot and how the foot is to function. Therefore, lots of bad things happen.” What sorts of bad things? Women develop corns, ingrown toenails, calluses and even worse. The Washington Post reports, “Wearing high heels can also cause inflammation of the connective tissue at the bottom of the foot, the plantar fascia. That can result in severe heel pain and the need for aggressive treatments such as oral anti-inflammatories, oral steroids, cortisone injections, walking boots and crutches.”
If you insist on wearing high heels, doctors recommend wearing heels with good padding and a gradual slope. They also suggest wearing a pair with a 2-inch heel or less, which most women would never even consider.