How Women is Really Affected With The High Heel Policy
Stilettos, wedges, lace-ups, mules, heels, mules, sandals, just to name a few are the kinds of shoes most of us girls own and wear. These kinds of shoes are normally very tight-fitting and can’t really provide us any type of support or comfort.
Girls are meant to look presentable at all times, this is just how humanity expects us to look like and this is what humanity wants from us. We are normally the model and most of companies around the world actually requires girls to wear heels while working. This is called the “high heel policy” and was implemented because they want women to appear taller and much more attractive, this is the mostly the case for girls who work face to face with clients or for those who do customer service.
Now, us girls are tough and over the years, we have taught ourselves how to survive that 8-hour shift with the kinds of shoes we wear. We power through the pain, we continue to work hard for our families despite the discomfort and we still manage to smile.
Unfortunately, our feet’s not as powerful as our brain. We may be able to endure the pain and mask through it but we can’t really control the effects it may cause on our body over time.
Even just after a few hours of wearing high heels and cramped shoes, dry patches of skin may already occur. The ball of the foot takes the most impact with high heels, and the foot can become quite callused in this area. The top of the toes may develop corns that can also be painful in a closed toe shoes (1). Now, that’s just the effects it has on us physically. What about the effects of it to our muscles and joints? What does it do to our body after some time?
Wearing high heels put the foot at an angle and it pulls muscles and joints out of its alignment so the effects aren’t just limited to the feet. One of the long term effects of wearing high heels is that it weakens the front foot muscles and tissues because of the pressure. It can also make our Achilles tendon shorter because the tendon’s getting used to being elevated, this even makes flat shoes uncomfortable. We can also experience back pain, we can hurt our legs & hips, and we can lose our balance and may also develop a curved spine.
We can always prevent this from happening. Here are a few things we can do to protect our feet problems from wearing heels:
- Buy the best-fitting shoes you can get. Make sure it’s comfortable.
- Choose heels with the most gradual slope.
- Invest in insoles. You can opt for a full size one or try silicone metatarsal pads, these are pads for the forefoot and is great with shock absorption.
- Make sure your feet gets enough rest after wearing heels.
- Thicker heels provides better stability and support.