The hazards of wearing high heels may come as a surprise to…. approximately no one. From hammertoes to serious back woes, the list of potential injuries from chronic high-heel use is longer than a four-inch spike. A four-year flight-attendant training program in Korea, where women were required to wear high heels to class, recently gave researchers a great opportunity to chronicle what happens when you wear heels regularly. First-year students, who were new to heels, initially showed increased strength in the muscles around their ankles as their bodies tried to adapt. But ultimately the shoes led to ankle instability, weakness, and balance problems — all precursors to injury. If you’re hooked on heels, try kicking the habit with the help of some supportive shoes that are comfortable and eye-catching, like a pair of fashionable wedges. Save your heels for special occasions. Choose pumps with lower heels, avoid pointy toes in favor of a shoe with a wider toe box, and remove your shoes and stretch your legs whenever possible (e.g., at your desk). Current and recovering wearers of high-heeled shoes can strengthen their ankles with heel lifts, in which you stand barefoot and repeatedly rise onto the balls of your feet, and heel drops, in which you stand on the edge of a stair and slowly lower and raise your heels back to starting position.
“Life's too short to wear high heels.” Eva Green