Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Blog, Foot Health |

The other night I went out with my gorgeous and incredibly fashionable friend, Aly (not her real name- but close). Aly is by all accounts one of the most stylish women you’ll ever come across. A recent new Mum, even pregnancy did nothing to cramp her style nor did a new baby. She always looks immaculate and part of her ‘uniform’ is of course fabulous high heels. She LOVES them. And being on the shorter side feels they are a compulsory part of her look. Naturally she’s a big fan of Insolia but the fact is she’d put up with the pain regardless.

Now on said night out with Aly she turned up to the the party looking amazing as usual. Until she started walking over to me. Or should I say stumbling. Yep, she had an injury but do you think that stopped her wearing her heels? And I’m talking sky high heels here too. The kind I don’t even wear when I am in good health. I’ve posted before about my own injury that has prevented me from wearing heels – with or without Insolia All Day Heels – of late here. I even told Aly about the potential additional damage she was doing but do you think she’d listen? Absolutely not. In fact she basically said she would wear her high heels no matter what.

So what if you ignore an injury and keep on wearing your heels? Are high heels really that bad for you? In a word yes.

High Heels - What's the Harm?

High Heels – What’s the Harm?

I’m somewhat shooting myself in the foot a bit by telling people not to wear heels, as my bread and butter obviously relies on them doing just that. But of course no one will listen anyway. Women will always wear heels. That’s why Insolia were invented in the first place – Dr Dananberg knew he couldn’t convince women not to wear heels so he set about at least minimising the risks.

So what exactly are those risks?

The short and long term risks of your favourite stilettos are not limited to just aching feet. The damage that high heels can do to your body is a laundry list of problems. The short term dangers include a ‘high heel hangover (the foot pain and discomfort after a day in high heels)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/neal-m-blitz/the-high-heel-hangover-6-_b_844204.html

To more serious problems from increased risk of accidents. Stilettos are causing more injuries to women in Australia than sports accidents.

http://www.news.com.au/national-old/stilettos-injure-more-women-than-sports-accidents/story-e6frfkvr-1226040315204

Foot experts have even termed one major foot injury the High Heel Foot Fracture.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/neal-m-blitz/high-heel-foot-injury_b_1622464.html

Long term wear creates problems ranging from ingrown toenails to increasing the risk of arthritis.

And this is just what can happen to a healthy body. If you slip your feet into high heels with a pre-existing injury you’re really just asking for trouble. I’m not even going to suggest wearing your heels with Insolia if you have an injury – just find yourself some beautiful flats! Yes, i said FLATS! It’s really not a dirty word. Or otherwise risk becoming the ultimate fashion victim.