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Updated by amelia-grantny on Jun 10, 2020
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5 Dangerous Signs That You Should Avoid High Heels

A woman who confidently walks in high heels looks really amazing. However, constant wearing of high heels can significantly damage your health. It is important to understand that certain malfunctions in the body can be aggravated with pressure and imbalance that are usually provided with high heels. In this article, we gathered five dangerous signs that you should avoid high heels.

1

You have bunions

You have bunions

If you have noticed a bony bump that develops on the inner side of your foot, it can be a bunion. A bunion is a condition in which the big toe shifts and protrudes out of the alignment. At the early stages, the bump may occur asymptomatically and cause only minor discomfort. However, a bunion can develop quite fast.

Despite the fact that a bunion is a hereditary condition, there are a lot of factors that can contribute to their occurrence. High heels and narrow toe box can press on the big toe joint and this will make it shift. That’s why it is important to choose comfortable shoes that will not put additional pressure to your toes.

2

You experience chronic heel pain

Heel pain can occur if you stand in high heels for a long period of time. However, it is important to understand that this pain can manifest not only fatigue but serious foot conditions as well. The most common diseases that affect heels include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Muscle strain
  • Plantar fasciitis

All these conditions can be aggravated with high heels. That’s why you should choose your shoes carefully. Try to wear orthopedic shoes with low heels to reduce the incorrect foot position. Moreover, it is essential to visit a doctor in case of chronic foot pain.

3

You develop varicose veins

Varicose veins is a quite unpleasant condition. In addition to that varicose veins can significantly spoil the appearance of your feet, they can also cause a number of different symptoms. Varicose veins develop when the valves in the veins become weak and let blood flow in the wrong direction. In the most severe cases, the varicose vein can burst and this can lead to severe pain and bleeding.

If you constantly wear high heels, the pressure you cause of your legs can interfere with normal blood flow. Despite the fact that varicose veins usually don’t require any complicated treatment, you should try to prevent their development. You should exercise, maintain a healthy diet, watch your weight, and avoid high heels.

4

You suffer from ingrown toenails

Since high heels put additional pressure to your feet and toenails as well, they can start to grow into your skin. If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can puncture the skin. This will allow the bacteria that inhabit your feet to enter your bloodstream.

In addition to severe pain you may experience with an ingrown toenail, it can also become inflamed over time. If you have noticed a red and swollen tissue near the ingrown toenail, it is essential to visit a foot doctor as soon as possible.

5

You experience lower back pain

When you stand barefoot, your spine maintains its natural position. However, when you wear high heels, the body load spreads unevenly and your spine sways unnaturally. Over time, it can lead to discomfort and pain in the lower back.

Wearing high heels makes your body look for a balance. This means that your spines and hips begin to flex or bend. As a result, your muscles become tense and cause severe pain. You should also know that daily wearing of high heels can cause damage to your back ligaments, joints, and spinal discs.