You"re not doing your feet any favors by cramming them into your favorite stilettos every day.
How often do you find yourself complaining about foot pain because of the shoes you"re wearing? In an average lifetime, a person will walk more than 110,000 miles or roughly, four miles a day. Our feet bear the brunt of our weight, which adds up to several hundred tons of pressure a day. Women are much more likely than men to experience severe foot pain. In fact, they account for 80 percent of all foot problems, and one of the main culprits is the high-heeled shoe. Many women simply ignore the pain and stuff their feet into the same stilettos every day. High heels put added tension on the ball of your foot. After so much stress, a woman may develop neuromas, nerve enlargements in the foot, or metatarsalgia, pain in the ball of the foot caused by abnormal pressure. For years, high heels have been designed to constrict the foot by up to an inch. To top that, women have also been known to buy shoes that are too small, just because they like the style.
So how can you save your feet without sacrificing fashion?
Most podiatrists say wearing high heels may result in improper posture and muscle imbalances, not to mention arthritis in the knee and lower back pain. If you just have to wear your heels at work, consider a compromise.