Thursday November 15, 2018

Wearing High Heels May Cause Major Joint Problems

She advised that heels should be avoided by teenage girls because it might affect their posture at an early age and develop chronic pains later

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Wearing stilettos or pencil heels might be fashionable but it can have an adverse affect on health, especially bones, and may lead to major health hazards like degenerative arthritis — also called osteoarthritis.

According to Uma Kumar, HOD, Rheumatology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), wearing high heels every day for long hours can lead to cumulative damage of bones and emerge as a leading cause for arthritis.

Osteoarthritis, one of the most common chronic and long-lasting joint condition, is caused by joint damage where the cartilage breaks down, causing the bones within the joint to rub together. This leads to pain, stiffness and other issues.

“Women, especially those who are below 40, are coming to AIIMS with such joint pain-related issues caused due to wearing of high heels. If ignored, these may lead to severe health problems which might need surgery to be cured,” Uma Kumar told IANS.

High heels cause unequal weight distribution on the foot bones, exposing those areas of joints to bear weight which are normally not designed to do so.

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This results in painful foot conditions like bunions and meta-tarsalgias — also known as fore-foot pain, she said.

“Wearing heels generates pressure on knees and toes and they start aching if heels are worn for too long. The calf muscle is also stressed continuously,” she added.

Besides arthritis, wearing high heels also increases risk for nerve pull, back pain, waist pain and knee pain.Early symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain in joints, early morning stiffness in feet for more than 30 minutes and swelling in feet and back.

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“If one is keen on wearing a heel, it is advised to go for wedges or platform shoes. The problem rises with height of the heel and the ideal height should be one and a half inches,” Uma Kumar suggested.

She advised that heels should be avoided by teenage girls because it might affect their posture at an early age and develop chronic pains later. (IANS)

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Three Mistakes Women Make While Buying Heels

From buying unfit shoes to wearing heels for a long time are the few basic mistakes that ladies make while buying shoes, reports femalefirst.co.uk

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How long have you been wearing the same shoe size? It is important to realise that women’s feet are constantly changing due to factors such as ageing, weight gain or loss and pregnancy. Still there are a few mistakes that women make when buying that perfect pair.

From buying unfit shoes to wearing heels for a long time are the few basic mistakes that ladies make while buying shoes, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

* Mistake number one: Buying shoes that do not fit now.

Always buy shoes that fit you now. People constantly try on shoes (especially when the heels are in sales), think to themselves “they feel a little tight”, and then convince themselves “Well, they’ll stretch…”. Nine out of 10 times, they won’t, or at least not enough to make them really comfortable. Don’t buy a pair of heels with the hope that they’ll fit in the future. Also, the majority of us have one foot bigger than the other, so when buying shoes fit the shoe to your larger foot.

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* Mistake number two: Buying heels in the morning.

Shop for heels towards the end of the day where possible. Our feet swell towards the end of the day and this will give you a truer fitting of the shoe by the end of the day. As well as being uncomfortable, no one wants a foot muffin top on a sexy pair of heels.

* Mistake number three: Wearing heels for way too long.

Also Read: Tips to Make High Heels Wearable

Wearing heels for a prolonged amount of time is not good for your feet, neither on a short nor long term basis. But let’s face it, every lady loves a good pair of heels to complete that perfect OOTD (outfit for the day). If you wear heels to work or on a night out, try to bring a comfortable pair of shoes along with you so you’re not having to wear them for a prolonged period of time. Once you’ve finished at work or your event is over, swap those heels for a comfy pair of shoes. (Bollywood Country)