Killer Heels: What Your Favorite Shoes Are Doing to Your Feet
Your Body on Three-Inch Heels
- Back and neck. The exaggerated curve in your lower spine puts you at risk for achiness in your upper and lower back.
- Hips. The angled-down position of your foot makes your hips work harder when you walk, leading to pain.
- Knees. Your knees hyperextend, putting increased pressure on the joint, which can contribute to arthritis.
- Calves. Wearing high heels frequently can shorten calf muscles over time, so it hurts to wear flats or go barefoot.
- Ankles. Your center of gravity shifts and you're thrown off balance -- a twisted ankle waiting to happen.
- Feet. A three-inch heel puts seven times as much stress on your foot as a one-inch heel.
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