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The True Effect of High Heels

Effects of high heels on body

Morton's neuroma

Heel height and a narrow toebox can create a thickening of tissue around a nerve between the third and fourth toes, which can lead to pain and numbness in the toes.

The knee

The altered posture of walking in high heels places excess force on the inside of the knee - a common site of osteoarthritis among women.

One study found that knee joint pressure increased by as much as 26 per-cent when a woman wears heels.

The calf

Calf muscles contract and adjust to the angle of the high heels. Muscles may shorten and tighten.


Tight-fitting shoes can cause a painful bony growth on the joint at the base of the big toe, which forces the big toe to angle in toward the other toes.

Pump bump

The rigid backs or straps of high heels can irritate the heel, creating a bony enlargement also known as Haglund's deformity.

Ankle injuries

High heels impair balance; a wearer is at a greater risk of falling, which could lead to a sprained or broken ankle.


High heels force the body's weight to be redistributed. Prolonged wear can lead to joint pain in the ball of the foot.

Archilles tendon

When the front of the foot moves down in relation to the heel, the Archilles tendon tightens up.

The higher a heel is, the shorter the tendon becomes, creating heel pain.


A narrow toebox pushes the smaller toes into a bent position at the middle joint. Eventually, the muscles in the second, third and fourth toes become unable to straighten, even when there is no confining shoe.

Exploded view


Toe box

Foam inside


Metal shank



A heel of rubber, stacked leather or plastic covered with leather.




Rubber top lift

Heel breast


Correct Posture


High heels push the center of mass in the body forward, taking the hips and spine out of alignment (RIGHT).


High heels may make legs look longer, but as the heel height goes up, so does the pressure on the forefoot.

Pressure increases on forefoot when wearing:

3-inch heels +76%

2 +57%

1 +22%

Exagerrated Posture

The True Effect of High Heels

shared by Ariela on Jun 19, 2013 in Health

The True Effect of High Heels

shared by Ariela on Jun 19, 2013 in Health


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The devastating effect of women's high heel shoes on the overall health of the wearer.
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