Find out if wearing heels and looking elegant is really worth the harmful consequences.
A beautiful pair of heels on a lady has the power to transform her from an average woman to a supermodel, but is it really worth it?
Scientists have examined the effect of wearing heels regularly and came to the conclusion that they can cause a potentially harmful imbalance in the feet.
The results showed that in the beginning, heels actually helped in strengthening important muscles around the ankle, but that after three years, it led to some muscles becoming dominant thereby increasing the risk of sprains, deformed feet, back pain and unhealthy walking patterns.
Dr Yong-Seok Jee, from Hanseo University in South Korea, had a team study 40 professional women who wear heels of 10cm or higher at least three times a week in order to come up with this result.
‘As high heels are in fashion and sometimes required for certain professions, many women may be unaware of the extent to which [the shoes] may be weakening their dynamic balance, eventually, major accidents such as falls and serious ankle sprains can result without proper maintenance and conditioning.’
However, all hope is not lost as Dr. Jee prescribes limiting how often the shoes are worn, ankle-strengthening exercises such as deliberately walking on the heel of the foot with the ball raised, or tapping toes which involves sitting in a seat with bare feet on the ground and simply lifting the front of the foot, keeping the heel in place.