- Postural Misalignment (spinal joint anomalies and disc damage)
- Increased Forefoot Pressure
- Increased Knee Joint Pressure (possible osteoarthritis)
- Shortened Calf Muscle
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Shortened Achilles Tendon
- Ankle Injuries
The above stresses deformities and injuries are all foreseeable and even inevitable consequences of longterm wearing of high heeled shoes. This is stuff I learnt in my first year of physiotherapy (I already knew the basic back pain and bunions stuff (blisters are so obvious they were hardly even talked about) but our biomechanics classes added a litany of painful detail). Since then I have only ever worn high heels on special occasions where I knew I didn’t have to walk far.The Washington Post has a great diagram up of how all the above comes from a pair of high heels. Check out the accompanying article as well (via Feministing).
ADDIT: zuzu at Feministe has more on this article, including a critique of one aspect of the graphic which didn’t leap out at me.