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Women & Health 6 ways high heels could be bad for a woman's health

Though a woman in heels can make a pretty picture, heels can actually negatively impart on a woman's health triggering a range of health challenges.

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A woman in heels can be several shades of sexy.

But inspite of the pretty picture this makes, heels can actually negatively impart on a woman's health, triggering a range of health challenges.

Here are 6 ways heels can be bad for a woman's health.

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  1. The feet act as spring-loaded, weight-distributing shock absorbers which protect the skeleton from pounding. Wearing heels shift much of the body mass on the balls of the feet and toe bones which could be bad.

  2. Walking in heels forces the wearer to change the natural body stance and continuously doing this could usher in bone and nerve damage.

  3. Wearing heels forces your ankles to bend forward, a movement that could restrict circulation in your lower limbs and in the long-term, this could eventually cause spider veins.

  4. Walking in heels also stiffens the Achilles tendons, which anchor the calf muscles to your (feet)heels, causing your calves to squeeze.

  5. Over time, regular heel wearers can develop chronically taut (and shortened) ankle and calf tendons, making walking (even in flats) painful.

  6.  Frequent walking in high-heels can put extra stress on the inner sides of the knees, fast-tracking the wear and tear that leads to osteoarthritis (degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone)

  7. Walking in heels makes the spine sway unnaturally, this stresses the lumbar erector spinae muscle, thus resulting in a sore lower back.

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