While heels remain de rigeur in many businesswomen's closets, choosing the right stylish shoes can prevent a lifetime of pain.
Those killer heels may be doing a number on your whole body. While high heels (which fashion insiders consider anything over 1.5 inches) may flatter the legs, they can also lead to decidedly unflattering foot conditions. Tightly crushed hammertoes, protruding bunions, bony heel growths called Haglund's deformity and even numb toes caused by a nerve condition called Morton's neuroma are just some of the dreadful possibilities.
Prolonged wearing of high heels can also permanently shorten the Achilles tendon and spur tendonitis. Sciatica, a nerve condition that causes pain and numbness all the way down the leg, can also result from wearing too high of a heel too often. How? Because high heels shift your center of gravity, they can throw your spine out of alignment.
Don't toss those slingbacks just yet, though. Following a few common-sense rules should help you avoid serious health issues.
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