The average person takes 5,000 steps per day (2,500 each
foot, according to Dr. Guy Fogel, a leading orthopedist).
Imagine how much potential damage the wrong kind of shoes
could cause a woman wearing them constantly.
Former model Mary Mueller is living proof of the worst-case
scenario. In chatelaire.com she said, “When I was modeling
in my 20s, I wore six-inch high-heeled shoes and didn’t pay
attention to how much my feet were killing me. I thought it
was normal to have sore feet.”
After a decade of sore feet, Mueller developed a painful
deformity called hammertoes, where the middle toe is misshapen,
resembling a claw, and suffered severe and chronic pain in
the toes and balls of her feet. She not only had to give up
wearing those sexy stilettos, but even ordinary flats leave
her in agony. She must wear special shoes designed for people
with problem feet. “If I wear any other type of shoe, I’m
in unbearable pain.”
Most toe problems are attributable to improper shoes. Mueller’s
deformity is just one of many painful foot problems improper
shoes cause, to say nothing of simple calluses and joint contractures.
Many high heels cause greater forefoot pressure forcing the
front part of the foot into a tight and confining box, as
in today’s stylish shoes. This results in cramping and often
causes the overlapping of toes.
According to valleygeneral.com, a recent study conducted
in Boston recorded that high heels also increase the torque
(twisting force) at the knee. This force places additional
strain on the kneecap as well as the inner knee joint. It
is no surprise that twice as many women as men suffer from
osteoarthritis, and 87 percent of foot surgery is performed
Are you asking yourself why you’re still wearing high heels?
In Las Vegas, a coalition of activist groups has launched
a campaign to get casinos to drop policies requiring waitresses
to wear them. According to an article on ezboard.com, “Waitresses
sometimes go home with blood in their shoes.” One waitress
said, “You can hardly walk to the parking lot at the end of
the day sometimes.” The American Orthopaedic and Foot and
Ankle Society claims that educational background appear to
play a role in footwear choices.
Women with four years of college or more were more likely
than other respondents to wear flats. That is, only 42 percent
reported wearing high heel, compared to 63 percent of people
with a grade 12 or below who wear them. Does that mean as
college students we should give up our heels? Well, we certainly
need to make an informed choice. Woman should be aware that
higher heels create greater problem. According to healthinfo.com,
shoes that are only 1/4 inch narrower than the foot, like
a sports shoe, produce few problems.
“As the difference increases to half inch, 3/4 inch, and
even one inch, the risk of pain, compression, and eventual
deformity increases,” according to Dr. Fogel. “Compared with
no heel, forefoot pressure increases by 22 percent for a 3/4
inch heel, 57 percent for a two inch heel, and 76 percent
for a 3 1/4 inch heel. Later, this pressure may cause pain
in the balls of the feet,” Fogel said. Women today should
ask themselves, is all this torture and pain really worth