High Heels… All In the Name Of Pain

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Oh, we love shoes. The high heeled variety are our favorite. In a recent survey of 4,000 women, more than half stated that wearing high heels gives them confidence and 35% said their heels make them feel smart. But there’s a cost to pay for this found confidence, and it isn’t just our wallets that are feeling the pain.

Britain’s College of Podiatry reports that it takes just 1 hour, 6 minutes and 48 seconds before the average woman’s feet begin to feel the agony of being strapped into high heels. And some can’t even make it that long — with 20% of women saying the pain kicks in after just 10 minutes.

By wearing heels, we are altering the position of our bodies, causing serious effects on nerves, muscles and bones. Although it’s nothing we haven’t heard before, it’s still pretty scary and seriously painful stuff. Here’s exactly what wearing high heels can do to our feet and our bodies.

The True Effect of High Heels

SOURCE: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Apparel & Footwear Association, American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, Mayo Clinic, Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, “Women’s Shoes and Knee Osteoarthritis,” by D. Casey Kerrigan, Jenn.


  • Margaret

    Like all young girls, I couldn’t wait to get my first pair of high heels. It was like a status symbol. I have been wearing high heels since I was about 13, and when I began my working career, I wore them every day. Back then women were expected to be “dressed up”, and high heels did dress you up. Women wore their high heels from when they left the house, all the way to work, and then all day long at work. Now that was a killer!! And my feet show the effect of those really pointy shoes – bunions on both feet!!! Now-a-days women are a lot smarter and will wear sneakers or flats to work because it is acceptable. But, high heels do make you feel better. I think they lift your spirits and make you feel much more elegant. AND they make your legs look better. I still wear them whenever we go out somewhere special. I guess I am just a glutton for punishment!