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To Heel or Not to Heel

To Heel or Not to Heel

Date: April 10, 2011

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That seems to be the question.  Some recent articles have been written extolling the virtues of high heels, possibly even suggesting that they can be good for you.  The Victoria Beckhams and Lady Gagas of the world have brought back the fashion with even more height than ever.

The articles seem to suggest that the calf and buttock muscles are more toned by wearing heels. This may be true, although the fact that women in general suffer four times as many foot problems as men would suggest that toned muscles of the lower legs and buttocks comes at a pretty steep price.

High heels were not always worn by women exclusively.  Both men and women of nobility wore high heels in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  In the twentieth century these types of shoes are worn almost exclusively by women, (except for a short period of time when musicians like The Beatles and bands like Kiss made men in heels fashionable).

Fashionistas aside, my opinion still stands.  High heels cause foot problems.  Bunions, hammer toes, corns, calluses, stress fractures and ankle sprains can all be attributed to long term wearing of high heels.  The higher the heel, the greater the problems.

My advice would be to keep the heels for special occasions and be sensible about your footwear during the times when you will be doing a lot of walking.

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