Say “No!” to the “High Heel Hangover”

I saw this article today on and had to share it. The article discuss how all of my female readers can prevent the “High Heel Hangover.” I know a lot of you women will be wearing high heels this season, as it’s time to get dressed up and head to Christmas parties. I also know that, most likely, your feet will be miserable the next morning. A new study says that you might want to think about harder before putting fashion above function:

Katy Bowman, a biomechanist and director of the Restorative Exercise Institute in Ventura, Calif., who wrote the recently released Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief: The New Science of Health Feet, said footwear is one of the most common culprits behind debilitating foot pain.

“Certain qualities of footwear, such as height of the heel or how narrow the toe of the shoe is, can influence how likely it will be that person experiences foot pain,” Bowman said, adding that even small heels can create problems.

“High heels affect the geometry of the body as soon as you put them on,” she said. “They create a forward displacement. One to three inch heels don’t seem like very much, but the angle is actually pretty high.

Additionally, body posture and gait pattern can affect pain by putting pressure on sensitive tissues near the toes of the feet.

While agree that spending all of your time heels isn’t great, I believe high heels are fine to wear in moderation. Sure, your body isn’t designed to be in that position, but as long as your body is aligned prior to wearing them, you’ll be fine. To be safe, make sure you do these prior to your night out:



QUESTION: What do you believe about fashion vs. function?