There comes a time in every woman’s life when wearing heels will just not worth it anymore. You will have to do away with those elegant three inches or six inches heels no matter how much you love them.
High heels can make an outfit appear stunning. They boost a woman’s confidence and make a woman’s legs look amazing but, unfortunately, they also hurt.
So, here are five things that would happen when you decide to do without your heels. Better still, you will have to carry them in your purse and change into them once you get to the venue of that event.
Your feet will hurt less, but your heels might hurt more
Wearing heels over an extended period of time can shorten your Achilles tendons, the tissues that connect your calf muscles to your heel bones. It can take up to a few months or more depending on how often you wore heels before they will return to their normal length, before any discomfort in your heels will subside.
Your back pain might go away
Wearing heels always make your butt look amazing. It’s because the added height causes your pelvis to shift and arch backward. This puts pressure on the lumbar region of your spine also known as the cause of your chronic lower back pain.
When you stop wearing heels, your spine automatically returns to its proper position, therefore, reducing stress placed on the lower back and easing pain.
Your legs might look shorter
But they’re actually getting longer. Studies have shown that people who wear heels often have shorter calf muscles because of the way they compress your heel. A combination of stretching and switching to more supportive flats will help your calf return to their former length.
Your bare feet will look better
Pointy-toed heels and pumps often cause pesky calluses and ingrown toenails. So, you should switch to shoes with a wider toe box and these gnarly bumps and bruises will typically go away on their own within a few weeks.
Your balance will improve
A 2015 study found that extended wear of high heels could lead to an imbalance between the muscles on the sides of the ankles and those at the front and back, resulting in ankle instability and dramatically worse balance. Flats, on the other hand, help with stability and promote better balance.
Meanwhile, wearing flats, causes the muscles in and around your ankle to work as designed, promoting better ankle stability and balance.