High heels more problems than they’re worth?

Men would never subject their feet to Inquisitional torture devices that cause excrutiating pain, deform their toes and cause chronic health problems just to impress women.

Heck, women are lucky if they can get their boyfriends and husbands to bathe more than once a week.

Yet generation after generation of women wear high-heel shoes with pinchy little toes to accentuate their rear ends for the sake of attracting men not worth attractive. And they’ve actually convinced themselves, primitive mating rituals aside, that the shoes are an indispensible fashion statement.

If you are one of the women who feels this way, the nation’s osteopathic physicians have two words for you: God, no!

Statistics from the National Osteopathic Medical Association claim that one in 10 women wear high heels three or more days a week — and a third of them have fallen off their perches.

According to the association, high heels are the leading cause of chronic foot problems among women.

“Extended wear of high heels and continually bending your toes into an unnatural position can cause a range of ailments, from ingrown toenails to irreversible damage to leg tendons,” Dr. Natalie Nevins, an osteopathic physician in Hollywood, Calif., tells the association’s website.

“High heels have also been linked to overworked or injured leg muscles, osteoarthritis of the knee, plantar fasciitis and low back pain,” she adds.

Nevins says when you wear high heels, your foot slides forward in your shoe, forcing the toes into the unnatural shape of the shoe and redistributing your weight incorrectly. The increased causes your body to tilt forward. To compensate, you lean backwards and overarch your back — putting a strain your knees, hips, and lower back.

“The change to the position of your spine puts pressure on nerves in the back and can cause sciatica, a condition where nerves become trapped, triggering pain and numbness as far down as the feet,” Nevins tells the website.

Eventually. she says, wearing high heels can shorten the muscles in your calves and in your back — leading to pain and muscle spasms.

“Any time you wear shoes that restrict the natural shape of your foot, you’re at risk for experiencing pain,” she says.

If Barbie was a real person, she would be a hunched-over old woman by now. Her osteopath would be living in her dream house from all of her medical bills.

To avoid that fate, Nevens recommends:

  • Wearing sensible heels (shoes with low heels — an inch and a half or less — and a wide heel base).
  • Wearing soft insoles to reduce the impact on your knees.
  • Making sure your shoes are the right size so the foot doesn’t slide forward
  • Wearing heels (if at all) only on days that require limited walking or standing.

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