High heels damage women’s health

If only part of the hysterical energy of Islamophobic white males campaigning pseudo-feministically for banning Islamic women’s headscarves could be re-directed into campaigning against something else which women themselves and no one else should decide whether to wear or not to wear; and which, contrary to the headscarves, is medically harmful: high heeled shoes

This blog has noted over a year ago:

On Wednesday, Bank of England employees gathered for a Dress for Success summit, at which female employees were lectured on the importance of wearing appropriate jewellery and make-up in the workplace.

A memo leaked from the meeting details the advice given to staff, including the warning that wearing certain accessories would make women workers look like prostitutes.

“Look professional, not fashionable; be careful with perfume; always wear a heel of some sort – maximum two inches” …

My blog entry continued:

From British daily The Morning Star: “Many employers in the retail sector force women workers to wear high heels as part of their dress code.

“Wearing high heels can cause long-term foot problems, such as blisters, corns and calluses, and also serious foot, knee and back pain and damaged joints.””

Union members have voted to take a stand against the risks of wearing high heels in the workplace in favour of more “sensible shoes”: here.

As it stands, many female workers, including airline staff and shop workers, are required to wear stilettos as part of a mandatory dress code, a standard which does not apply to men – even though, as Lorraine Jones of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists pointed out, “Two million working days are lost every year through lower limb and foot-related problems. High heels… are not good for the workplace”: here.

ScienceDaily (Sep. 29, 2009) — Women should think twice before buying their next pair of high-heels or pumps, according to researchers at the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife in a new study of older adults and foot problems: here. See also here.

Now, today, from ScienceDaily:

(Aug. 2, 2010) — While women have been making a fashion statement in high heels for years — wearing trendy stilettos, wedges, pumps and kitten heels — there’s reason for concern about what those heels may be doing to their knees and joints over time. A new study by an Iowa State University kinesiology master’s student has found that prolonged wearing of and walking in high heels can contribute to joint degeneration and knee osteoarthritis.

How high heels cause long term damage: here.

With ballroom dancing once again on our screens, all eyes are on the sequins and steps. Well, not quite all eyes. British and Chinese scientists are more interested in the height of the ladies’ high heels rather than the torsos and twists and have a few strict words on health and safety for professional dancers: here.

Study: Women own 12 outfits that don’t fit: here.

Disturbing New Research Shows Women Die Younger from Sitting Too Much at Work: here.

American women still hold little political power despite having the vote for 90 years: here.

9 thoughts on “High heels damage women’s health

  1. You should be aware that continuous wear of heels this high will prevent the muscles and tendons in the back of your leg from flexing as they normally do. For this reason, it’s a good idea to alternate the type of shoes you wear so this does not occur.


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