I am an engineer who studied human anatomy. High heeled shoes are not compatible with the human form. They wedge the foot into an unnatural form and distribute the weight unevenly causing undue stress, particularly on the arch.
In this configuration the heel of the shoe transmits the shock of walking directly into the heel of the wearer’s foot. You lose the shock absorption that flexing the foot provides.
The shock is transmitted up the leg causing injury along the way including to hips and back.
I agree with @Packratjon, they are instruments of torture. I think they were invented by the Marquis de Sade. Had they been invented earlier, we probably would have seen them used during the Inquisition as means of getting heretics to confess.
I understand why women wore them originally; they cramp up the calf muscle and make for a more shapely leg. I think they are now worn as a “legacy:” women have been wearing them all along so the tradition continues. I never have understood the logic of women’s fashion, perhaps because there isn’t any.
I do know one place you can go to see women with shapely legs who do not wear high heels: Montreal. They got this big mountain in the middle of the city. Climbing it develops calf muscles.
Ladies, I like you the way you are. Don’t risk your health this way. I’m not saying that you have to wear sneakers with everything although I do notice a recent trend to wear them even with dresses. Just wear the heels sparingly.
High heels can cause leg, hip and lower back injury. Improperly fitted bras and carrying a hand bag can cause shoulder, neck and upper back injuries – but that’s a discussion for another time.
Being a woman can be stressful, from a mechanical engineering standpoint.
November 25, 2017