Monday, September 26, 2011

Maladies of High Heels

Maladies of High Heels
High heels with open toes may look very sexy, but can be a nightmare for the toes. When standing up and walking, the toes can sometimes be pushed through the opening, even through small peekaboo openings. When one walks, the toes normally spread out. Such natural action may compel the toes to stretch the opening bigger. While doing so, the toes can easily get bruised.
Non-pointed toes cause fewer problems for the toes too. They are better, when one plans to wear high heels for more than four hours. Furthermore, larger non-pointed toe boxes can enable a model to wear high heels for long periods of time, even for several days without ever taking off the shoes.
There are many causes of heel pain. The pain itself is identified into two groups, pain beneath the heel and pain behind the heel. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This is an inflammation of the fascia ligaments in the foot. This ligament attaches the heel to the back of the foot. When this ligament is stretched irregularly, it develops small tears which cause inflammation and pain in the heel. Plantar fascitis arises when there is no arch support in the shoe, having flat feet, a sudden foot injury or excessive pressure on feet, normally happens in modelling and fashion industry.
Another cause of heel pain can be from the formation of a heel spur. A heel spur is a hook of bone that develops beneath the heel. Heel spurs manifest themselves as an abnormal growth that forms when the plantar fascia pulls away from the heel. Female models have a significantly higher incidence of heel spurs due to certain types of footwear that are worn on a regular basis.

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