Lower back pain, swollen and aching ankles, hallux valgus, inflammation of the Achilles tendon and Morton's neuroma: these are some of the ailments that increasingly affect women who do not give up on high heels.

According to a study by the Institute of Health Sciences of Pakistan, 86% of women suffer from pain caused by their frequent use. A relationship of hate and love that involves many celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart.


According to the study “Epidemiology of High-Heel Shoe Injuries in U.S. Women: 2002 to 2012 "In the last decade, the use of first aid in the United States has doubled.

 "I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot" said Marilyn Monroe, inseparable from her 11 heel pumps. You can agree or not, but it is undeniable that this type of shoe, a symbol of elegance and sensuality, represent an accessory capable of highlighting a woman's style and personality. There are many “dizzying” models that on occasions such as Milan Fashion Week are presented on the catwalks to dictate the latest trends. Not all shoes, however, are suitable for the conformation of each one: between the shape of the foot, type of arch and various pathologies, choosing the right model is essential to avoid trauma and pain which, unfortunately, are very common. In fact, a recent study conducted by the Institute of Health Sciences of Pakistan published in the Health Science Journal showed that 86% of women experience pain caused by high heels: in particular, 77.5% suffer from pain in the forefoot. , while 6% associated pain with the central area of ​​the plant. A phenomenon that has pushed more and more women to rebel against the use of heels, especially when it is imposed by companies such as in Japan, the protagonist of the #KuToo movement. Even international stars like Julia Roberts and Kristen Stuart have chosen to follow this trend, taking off dizzying sandals on the red carpet and thus conveying a message of freedom. In addition to avoiding heels higher than 4 cm and wearing them less than three times a week, to reduce recovery times in the event of an injury, the experts resort to the use of Theal Therapy laser . But what are the problems associated with the frequent use of this shoe?



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“The use of high-heeled shoes negatively affects the neuromuscular control of balance, with consequent alteration of the postural system. Kinematic and kinetic studies reveal that wearing high-heeled shoes alters walking, plantar pressure distribution, ground reaction forces and muscular activities of the lower limbs - says Dr. Angela Ravisato, podiatrist - Biomechanical alterations and deformities musculoskeletal and bony with greater incidence are ligamentous injuries of the ankle, joint degeneration of the knee, lumbar pain and pathological conditions of the forefoot. The high heel causes an increase in pressure at the level of the first metatarsophalangeal joint and at the central level of the forefoot with a decrease in pressure at the level of the midfoot and heel. The anterior displacement involves stiffness of the Achilles tendon, joint instability of the ankle and shortening of the calf muscles”.



But that is not all. An interesting study comes from researchers at Hanseo University in South Korea, who wanted to investigate the damage caused by high heels from 10 cm or more, examining their effects on 40 women who wear them regularly: the study showed that in a at first they are able to strengthen the ankle muscles, but prolonged use causes muscle imbalance, a factor that endangers the well-being of the ankles. One of the most common diseases related to the frequent use of "stilts" is hallux valgus, a deformation of the fingers with simultaneous medial protrusion of the first metatarsal bone. Shoes that are too tight can cause hammer toe, which is a deformity that takes on a bent appearance at the central joint of the finger itself and is associated with pain and calluses which in severe cases can ulcerate. Another condition linked to the soles of the feet is Morton's neuroma, an orthopedic disorder that affects one of the nerves that crosses the foot: according to research from the UK's Health and Social Care Information Center published in the Daily Mail, between 2004 and 2015 this type of disorder increased by 115%. But not only that, neck pain, the common pain in the neck, can also be caused by the frequent use of heels, as well as by assuming an incorrect posture.


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To treat ailments and pains in the feet, rehabilitative podiatry takes the field which, as Dr. Ravisato assures, “aims at a conservative approach to treatment and prevention of the segments at risk of injury. Following functional, biomechanical and postural evaluation, it is possible to treat the painful foot through custom-made plantar orthoses, bandages, intrinsic and extrinsic muscle exercises, instrumental physical therapy. The technology and development of electromedical devices has allowed faster recoveries from pain with an optimal return to daily, work and sports activities. Mectronic, for example, has developed the Theal Therapy laser device which allows the specific pathological situation to be treated safely and selectively, maximizing therapeutic results. A fundamental and difficult issue for rehabilitative effectiveness is the use of a shoe suitable for your foot, neither short nor narrow, adequately satisfying the requirements of quality, stability, cushioning and protection. If women insist on wearing high heels, they should at least favor a height of no more than 4 cm and wear them for less than 4 hours and less than three times a week to ensure comfort, well-being and above all reduce the risk of injury ".
Although heels have always been a pillar of fashion, essential in the most important occasions and events, many celebrities have publicly declared their hatred towards "stilts": Kristen Stewart and Julia Roberts took off during the Cannes Film Festival both dizzying sandals to climb the legendary red staircase, thus rebelling against the rigid dress code. A fall that has remained in the annals of fashion is that of supermodel Naomi Campbell who during a show in 1993 lost her balance on the catwalk by falling from her 30-centimeter high heels. No less is her colleague Bella Hadid who, during a fashion show in 2016, thanks to the 16 heel sandals, slipped and fell to the ground before the incredulous eyes of the photographers. Victim of the combination of heels and long dress Jennifer Lawrence who, during the 2013 Oscars, stumbled on the steps of the stage just before collecting the statuette for best actress. If in the glamorous and glossy world of Hollywood stars, high heels are an almost indispensable accessory, sometimes dangerous, on the other hand there are those who have waged a real social battle against this type of shoes: in Japan the actress and activist Yumi Ishikawa founded #KuToo, a new movement made up of women determined to say enough to the strict corporate rules that oblige them to wear high heels, by petitioning the government to ask to be able to choose, without male impositions, what to wear in the office.

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