High Heels Infographic: The Damage Pumps Can Cause To Your Body

You’ve heard all the stories and read the medical studies that explain how bad high heels are for our bodies. But, those haven’t stopped us from strutting around in our favorite pair of heels.

Here’s a detailed infographic that shows how those pumps affect overall posture, muscles, and bones. According to The Washington Post, high heels are a key contributor to the “$3.5 billion spent annually in the United States for women’s foot surgeries, which cause them to lose 15 million work days yearly.”

I am one of those that has damaged my Lisfranc joint complex from wearing heels. After two rounds of being in a boot for a total of 12 weeks, I decided to retire my heels from my regular shoe rotation. Now-a-days, I only wear them for special occasions and limit the amount of time I actually walk and stand in them.

The True Effect of High Heels

The True Effect of High Heels infographic | The Washington Post (via Visual.ly)

If you insist on wearing heels, WebMD shares 5 tip to help reduce pain and make them more comfortable:
  1. Get the best-fitting shoe possible
  2. Use extra cushioning on the ball of your foot
  3. Open-toed shoes reduce pressure on calluses and corns
  4. Buy shoes with a thicker heel
  5. Shoes with a more gradual slope are easier on your body