Summer time is a time for glamour and looking good. For millions of women throughout the United Kingdom, this can only mean one thing – hello high heels.
Whilst they can be the perfect accessory to the perfect summer outfit, it is important to remember that wearing high heels can also present a number of health and safety risks that are simply not a problem when you’re in flats.
Accidents with high heels – slips, trips and falls
It stands to reason that high heels are less stable to walk in than flat-soled shoes. Whether it’s a trip on an uneven paving slab, a slip on a spillage in a café or restaurant or failing to safely negotiate an escalator in a shop or train station, the potential causes of a slip or fall accident in high heels are both numerous and varied.
Accidents with high heels – health problems
The pain and potential embarrassment of suffering a trip or fall in public pale into insignificance compared to the long-term damage wearing high heels for long periods of time can cause.
When walking in heels, you are essentially walking on the balls of your feet. Focusing so much pressure on one area of the foot whilst walking can cause damage to the ankle or metatarsalgia, a condition which has a detrimental effect on the ball of the foot.
Another condition which arises from the over-wearing of high heels is Hammertoes. This is caused by keeping the toes stuck in a downward curl position, something which is impossible to avoid when wearing high heels. Hammertoes causes the foot muscles to shorten and tighten, leaving them unable to stretch and straighten when taken out of the shoe.
As well as your feet, constantly wearing high heels can cause significant problems with your knees. Similarly to metatarsalgia, walking in heels can put too much pressure on the knees and cause something called osteoarthritis.
Accidents with high heels – avoiding them
Finding the right pair of high heels can go a long way to preventing these problems. Your shoes should be comfortable and supportive. Trying them on at the end of the day is advisable as your feet are likely to swell as you stand and walk around.
If you are injured in an accident in public, remember that help is at hand. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with years of experience in processing injury claims.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice