7 Reasons to Ditch High Heels

Think you look sexy in those stilettos and hot in those heels?  It could be at the expense of your health.  Here are 7 reasons to ditch the heels and opt for some of the sexy new flat and low-heeled shoes instead.

1.  Low Back Pain–“High heels force you to walk with the pelvis arched forward causing hyperlordosis (backward bending) of the lumbar spine,” says chiropractor and acupuncturist Dr. Robert Laquerre at Alta Vista Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.  This unnatural curvature of the spine places excessive stress and strain on the low back which may result in low back pain.

2.  Knee Strain and Arthritis–Some studies have linked high heels to an increased risk of knee strain and arthritis in the knees.  In a study published in the The Lancet, Harvard researchers linked wearing high heels with a height around 2.7 inches to a 24 percent increase in knee strain.

3.  Fatigue and Reduced Blood Flow to the Brain–Heels over 2 inches high can “increase muscular tension throughout the lower extremity, constricting blood vessels and limiting blood supply to muscles and to the brain,” says Dr. Laquerre.  The result?  “This can lead to a reduced flow of oxygen and nutrients to surrounding muscles and possibly the brain thereby contributing to an increased fatigue feeling.”

4.  Nerve Irritation—The increased pressure in the low back region can cause a compacting effect on the spine along with nerve irritation.  These nerves support the proper functioning of many organs and tissues

5.  Bunions—In research, high heels have been linked to bunions.  Bunions are a deformation that occurs usually at the base of the large toe, causing the normally straight toe to become directed towards the smaller toes.  Bunions can cause swelling, redness, and pain.

6.  Foot Pain—In addition to bunions, Dr. Laquerre says that high heels have been linked to other foot problems, including:  metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot) and Morton’t neuroma—a thickening of tissue around a nerve between the third and forth toes.

7.  Problems with Ankles, Pelvis, and Spine—“Wearing high heels greater than 2 inches can create faulty biomechanics and unnecessary stress on your on your ankles, knees, pelvis, and your spine,” adds Dr. Laquerre.

The solution?  Dr. Laquerre suggests  “Try lower heels for less stress and strain in the low back region (and other parts of the body).  Wear heels for shorter periods of time and take breaks from heels.”

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, BSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM


Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons3 years ago

You didn't even mention what it does to the toes and how it deforms them.

Sophie Michael
Sophie Michael5 years ago

Nothing wrong with being fashionable, but make sure you take care of your health as you do so. Thanks.


Rosemary H.
Rosemary H6 years ago

Two pages? That mean syou never get to read the second page because the site whisks you off somewhere else...

I've always thought that if I had to wear 'fancy dress' to get a man, then he was more interested in the packaging than in the woman inside....Sure enough when I first met the man I came to love, I was wearing flat shoes so I could enjoy an active day!

KARLOLINA G7 years ago


CV M7 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Frances Darcy
Frances D7 years ago

I've got foot problems, as did my mother , and I rarely wore very high or pointed shoes. I do warn my youngest girl as she goes out in very, very high heels but she just says "it's in my genes so I'm damned anywhy" She doesn't know the pain that could be ahead of her, but the price of fashion (and she is only 5ft 4inches).

Jane P.
Jane Ponder8 years ago

Because of my diabetes, comfortable feet is a must. I usually don't wear heels. Heels are bad for our legs and feet. My son, who is autistic, uncrosses my legs when I cross them. Somehow he knows this is not a healthy thing to do.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers8 years ago

Keep them for very special occasions only. Don't wear them every day.

Fallon R.
Fallon R8 years ago

This really sucks, because I love heels!