Wearing high heels will compress your back

Fashion and health: do high heels make you stupid?

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High heels are unbeatable when a woman wants to visually lengthen her legs and make her gait seductively elegant. But the stilettos aren't just problematic for the back.

Victoria Beckham can tell you a thing or two about it: The British style icon was recently seen in untraditional flip-flops. The pressure of suffering was obviously too great: painful spots on the swollen feet forced Mrs. Beckham to give up the high heels.

And she is not alone: ​​80 percent of all women suffer from the consequences of shoes that are too tight and too high. According to a British study, no fewer than 200,000 women in the UK went to the doctor for foot problems; 10,000 of them even ended up in hospital. A heel more than three to four centimeters high already increases the pressure in the forefoot area, which promotes splayfoot formation. Since the toes are also pressed into the tip of the shoe, there is a permanent risk of hallux valgus (crooked toe) and the formation of hammer toes.

Not only the feet suffer from the high heels. It is known that the back is also unfavorably strained; the high heels make the natural posture impossible and spinal nerves (the nerves that lead in pairs between two vertebrae from the spinal cord out of the spinal canal) are compressed. What is less well known is that high heels can also impair brain functions by constricting blood vessels and putting pressure on the nerve tract. Headaches are also the result.

After all, there is evidence that women who wear high heels strengthen their pelvic floor muscles. An Italian urologist has pointed out that heels of five centimeters and more bring the muscles of the pelvic floor - which is important for continence, but also for sexuality - into an optimal position.

For women who like to wear high heels and fear a negative impact on their brain, there is a rather unconventional advice: You should get a cat. According to a study by the University of Bristol (GB), the owners of house tigers are smarter than dog owners. At least smarter if you take possession of a university degree as a criterion: According to the study, cats had a 1.36 times greater chance of being owned by a university degree. True intelligence beasts ...