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Heels: How high can you go?

ByMuthoni Githire

Sep 7, 2020

High heel shoes are widely considered fashionable and elegant. According to the famed Guinness Book of Records, the highest heel shoes commercially available are the 20 inch platform boots created by the Indian designer James Syiemiong. High heels range from different heights, colors, fabric, quality et cetera. Many ladies own a pair of quality high heels for a special occasion or as they like to call it, ‘a rainy day’. For others, wearing high heels is simply a norm, like a fashionable addiction. Celebrities like Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez own collections of very high designer heels.

However, as fancy as very high heel shoes look and sound, physicians give a different health narrative. According to doctors at the Spine Health Institute, your favorite stilettos do not provide enough support to your feet. They also force a new structure of the legs and back bones. As the body tries to adjust to the extra workload of supporting the lower body parts, lower back pain, foot pain, knee pain and constriction of blood vessels occur. For amateur high heels wearers, it is common to have an awkward walk as they try to maintain balance. This can highly result to ankle sprains. Therefore, physicians do not recommend them to children.

How high heels change the foot structure

A high heel fanatic can overcome these side effects by wearing moderately high and less sloppy heel shoes and only for a short time. The heels should fit well and preferably have thick heels. They should also avoid walking in them for too long. Next time you buy your heels, these are all important points to consider.

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