We at Accident Advice Helpline we are constantly stressing the importance of wearing appropriate footwear with adequate grip. However, your health and safety should never be taken lightly. There are just some footwear types that are not appropriate and create a serious risk of a slip, trip or fall resulting in a nasty injury. That’s why we publish these guides, so we can help reduce the number of injuries suffered. Here’s a quick look at potentially dangerous pieces of summer footwear…the platform wedge.
Why are platform wedges so dangerous?
In recent years, high heels have been growing not just in popularity. Trends have shown women to be wearing ever-more impractical footwear. Any shoe with more than a 2-inch heel can be dangerous. Platform wedges are not as dangerous as some conventional types of high heels such as stilettos due to the fact that the body weight is evenly spread, slightly alleviating the pressure on the ankles and calves.
Women who are overweight or suffer from arthritis are at an increased risk of foot and ankle injuries due to the pressure exerted. These problems include; tendon and muscle strains, hammertoes, bunions, and stress fractures, though long-term high heel wearers could suffer from tendinitis, severe ankle sprains, and torn ligaments and tendons.
Limiting the damage
Although it is nigh on impossible to stop women from wearing high heels altogether, there are a number of practical measures that can be taken to help reduce the damage and injuries caused by wearing high heels. Limit the time wearing high heels as much as possible and after wearing high heels, massage your feet or roll them over a golf ball or ice to help reduce pain and swelling. You can strengthen the muscles in your feet by gripping a towel and lifting it with your feet.
Thank you for reading Accident Advice Helpline’s guide to platform wedges, the dangerous summer shoes. Although we sometimes publish these somewhat light-hearted articles there is a serious intent behind them. We are actively aiming to reduce the number of slips, trips and falls and by publishing these articles we can highlight some of the dangers. If you’ve been a victim of slipping, tripping or falling within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Contact us today for more information.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice