According to the Washington Post, nearly 3.5 billion dollars are spent annually on women’s foot surgeries from chronic foot problems due to the “strain high heels put on feet, ankles, knees and backs.”
When you wear high heels, the body’s center of mass is pushing forward, taking your hips and spine out of alignment. With flats, your body’s posture is less exaggerated.
Unfortunately, most women are not keen on sacrificing fashion for good posture and less pain. If you happen to be one of those women, experts suggest wearing heels less than two inches high.
Buying a variety of shoes so that your foot is not in the same position will also help with the strain heels put on your back.”Avoid wearing high heels for long periods of time (more than three to four hours) and try not to go for pointed toes,” Rob Mair, of the Australian Podiatry Association, said in this article. “Size is a relative term—look at your posture and your experience [wearing heels]. And visit a podiatrist.”
Podiatrist Erika Schwartz tells her patients to “walk in something [other than high heels]. Put those dress shoes on when you get to the office. Minimizing the amount of time that you’re standing or walking will minimize the issues that come along with such an unnatural position of the foot.”
For additional support and comfort, try out BackJoy’s Comfort Insoles. They’re ultra-light, comfortable and provide cushioning across the entire foot.