It may be a mental battle between style vs. comfort, and it’s something
that many women deal with on quite a regular basis. The ankle, leg, and back stress and potential for injury are often not enough to dissuade many women from wearing their high heels.
Even when they feel the effects after an hour or so of walking around, many will just push through. A study conducted at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte has found that although wearing high heeled shoes initially strengthens a woman’s ankle muscles, it eventually leads to instability and weakening of those same muscle groups.
High heeled shoes place the feet into an unnatural and unstable position, therefore the muscles that control the ankles stay continuously tensed and contracted in order to keep you upright and walking.
However after a while the feet and ankles will begin to adapt and the
muscles that were once contracted will start to relax. There may also
be some muscle fatiguing that occurs. With the feet still being positioned in a compromised posture, the joints of the ankles and feet can begin to lose their healthy alignment.
This may eventually lead to foot dysfunction, and pain patterns will
soon follow. Ankle damage associated with high heel use is caused by forcing the foot into a naturally unstable position. With sneakers and flat shoes, on the other hand, the bones of the ankle and foot are properly
positioned creating stability. Some of the common injuries related to regular wearing of high heeled shoes include shortened calves, muscle fatigue, osteoarthritis, and altered posture.
Eventually even more severe foot dysfunctions may occur such as bunions, hammer toe and neuromas. High-heeled shoes also have a negative effect on gait cycle. The muscles in the legs and back tend to lose efficiency and strength. It also increases the load and stress the knee must absorb, which can ultimately lead to injury.
We find that women who get their feet adjusted have a greater chance of wearing high heeled shoes without feeling as many negative effects. Even those who have already developed patterns of foot dysfunction related to poor choices in footwear will benefit greatly from chiropractic adjustments to the feet and ankles.
Although chiropractic adjustments to the feet will not negate the
dangers of wearing high heels, it will substantially help to reduce risk
and keep your feet healthy.