Oh no! Would you give up wearing high heels because of these possible effects?

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What’s the sense of a good style without wearing a nice high heels?

But what about the unknown but not hidden effects of wearing high heels, especially in a long period of time — say, in an eight-hour office duty or long hours of events, or even an hour of walking around?

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Numerous studies in the past have already revealed the effects of high heels to women’s body and it is no longer a secret that those reports were not as appealing as the style we always want to achieve with those pairs.

It leads to weakening of muscles, a study conducted at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte showed.

Researchers found that although wearing high heels initially strengthens a woman’s ankle muscles, “it eventually leads to instability and weakening of those same muscles.”

“Over time, ligament and nerve damage in the ankle leads to complications in the legs and back,” a report said.

Other studies, on the other hand, have revealed that wearing stilettos can also lead to around a dozen injuries from a woman’s toes to her lower back, including shortened calves, muscle fatigue, osteoarthritis, and altered posture.

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Aside from this there are also some unhealthy effects of wearing high heels like:

Damage toe nails

Because toes compressed together inside high-heeled shoes, it can cause ingrown toe nails or causes the big toe nails to grow into the skin.

It increases knee and hip pain

Prolonged use of high-heeled shoes can trigger fractures and trapped nerves and as you put more weight on your knee joints, it will more likely strain knee joints as well as the hip.

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It changes normal walking or gait cycle

Wearing high heels for a long period of time can make you lose efficiency and strength, especially in walking. “It also changes the load the bones in and around the knee have to absorb, which can ultimately lead to injury.”

With this, researchers suggested to limit the use of high heels and wear comfortable shoes whenever possible. But if you don’t want to let go of those shoes, then make sure they fit properly; shorten the time of wearing them; and massage your feet after each wear.

Women are also encouraged to stretch, do strength training, and balancing drills if wearing high heels is really a must.