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High Heels Are Bad For You!
High heels are a fashion staple, but what kind of damage are you doing to your body wearing them every day?
The high heel is probably the one thing that every woman has at least one pair of in her closet. More women are wearing heels, and they're wearing them for longer, especially as the shoes are seen as the staple for office wear.
However, significant long-term damage may be the result of women donning high heels for longer periods. As many as a third of women are already suffering permanent problems because of the fashion statement, and it is almost a certainty that the effects will be felt with more seriousness in later life.
The cause of the damage is the higher pressure placed on the ball of the foot, and the higher a heel is, the greater the pressure. A woman's entire centre of gravity is pushed forward, and, although this provides us with the more attractive 'boobs-and-butt-out' shape desirable by men, more pressure is placed on your spine, the nerves in your back and feet, leg muscles, and neck muscles. This is not to mention the constant risk of slipping and twisting an ankle, or falling.
Here are some of the health risks you face if you're one of the one in ten women who wears a high heel shoe at least three days of the week.