3 Surprising Damages that Occur from High Heels
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3 Surprising Damages that Occur from High Heels

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Heels worn on the feet date back to the 16th Century, and to this very day, many women are committed to this shoe staple. However, what are the long-term effects from wearing heels for longer than is necessary?

When wearing heels, there are many potential adverse risks and stress that you may cause to your body. The feedback and signs from your body may not reflect immediately; however, over the course of time, you will begin to feel aches and pains.

Here are three surprising damages to your body that may occur over the course of long-term heel wearing:

  1. Hips: In order to atone for the balls of the feet taking on most of the pressure of the body weight, the hips are thrust forward for balance. This imbalance throws off the posture which causes the entire spine to be misaligned.
  2. Neck: Because the hips impact the spinal area, the results may also lead up the spine to cause problems in the neck area.
  3. Back: The heels are responsible for throwing off the natural equilibrium of the body; therefore the spine is left to do all the hard work while in motion. The lower back may become sore after a while of constant wear.


Alternate the heel wearing days with supportive shoes. Also, when the heels are on, try to have consistent rest periods and avoid walking for more than a couple of hours at a time.