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Wearing High Heels Can Worsen Feminine Odor

Oh yes, high heels.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, most women can’t do without them. 

These are sleek torture devices in gorgeous packaging. In many occupations, wearing heels is seen as a form of respect, or can represent power.

Anatomically, we know that wearing too high a heel is bad for our body, but did you know that they can also worsen feminine odor and bring a host of health issues?

Disadvantages Of Wearing High Heels

Other than the typical foot and ankle pain where most women complained of, do you know wearing high heels has its set of long term problems?

Infertility

Prolonged usage of high heels has been linked to infertility.

To balance the body while wearing heels, our lower abdomen tend to lean backward while our upper body leans forward. This leads to poor posture, and can cause pelvic misalignment.

When that happens, there is poor blood circulation to the pelvic area, which can affect womb contractions, ovulation and even libido!

Chronic Pains

Poor blood circulation in the pelvic area can also result in varicose veins in the lower abdomen, which may lead to a painful condition called Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

It is characterized by increased back pain, dull aches, fatigue, increased discharge, to name a few. The chronic dull pain experienced can be exacerbated by standing.

Worsen Feminine Odor

In addition, wearing high heels can cause the our body weight to rest on the balls of our foot, resulting in shift of weight on the pelvic area.

This causes an uneven distribution in outer pelvic muscle strength, which can lead to leaky taps and even incontinence!

That, of course ensues embarrassing odors, and worsening of feminine odor as risks of infection increases.

Having Our Cake And Eating It Too!

The best way to remedy the effects of wearing high heels on health is actually to switch to flats. But to many, it can be non negotiable.

Hence, here are a few suggestions on how we can reduce the impacts of wearing heels on our health.

1. Choose Shorter Heels. Anatomically, our body can adjust rather well to low heels that are 1.5 cm to 3 cm or 0.5 in to 1 in tall.

Some women may balk and say it is akin to not wearing any heels at all! Compromises, compromises.  

2. Avoid Killer Heels. By choosing wider stacked heels or wedges, we allow our feet to distribute the weight more evenly, resulting in less pressure on the balls of our feet.

Here are a few suggestions of gorgeous heels you can consider without killing your feet.

3. Choose Shoes With Wider Fronts. Even though pointy toes look really good, avoid killing yourself by choosing shoes with wider fronts for a more comfy fit.

This is especially true for people with wider feet. A more comfortable fit allows for better distribution of weight and allows for better posture alignment. 

4. Take off your heels periodically. Slip off your heels when you sit down to allow the feet to rest. 

The best way to remedy the effects of wearing high heels on health is actually to switch to flats. But to many, it can be non negotiable.

Hence, here are a few suggestions on how we can reduce the impacts of wearing heels on our health.

  1. Choose shorter heels. Anatomically, our body can adjust rather well to low heels that are 1.5 cm to 3 cm or 0.5in to 1 in tall. Some women may balk and say it is akin to not wearing any heels at all! Compromises, compromises.  
  2. Avoid killer heels. By choosing wider stacked heels or wedges, we allow our feet to distribute the weight more evenly, resulting in less pressure on the balls of our feet. Here are a few suggestions of gorgeous heels you can consider without killing your feet.
  3. Even though pointy toes look really good, avoid killing yourself by choosing shoes with wider fronts for a more comfy fit. This is especially true for people with wider feet. A ,more comfortable fit allows for better distribution of weight and allows for better posture alignment. Here are a few suggestions of the heels for wide feet that you can consider.
  4. Take off your heels periodically. Slip off your heels when you sit down to allow the feet to rest.

Stretching Exercises To Relieve Pain

In addition, regular feet and toe stretches can also do wonders for those tense muscles from being on heels for too long.

Here are 3 easy stretches that you can do at home, or even when you are sitting down at work.

  1. Rocking Stretch. Stand on balls of the foot for 5 seconds, then roll back to stand on heels for five seconds, feeling the calves stretch. Do this for 10 times a day, or whenever you have some free time. By rocking back and forth between our balls and heels, we help to stretch the calves and feet muscle, allowing it to relax.
  2. Curl Stretch. When sitting down, curl all toes tightly towards the floor, with focus on the big toe for 3 seconds, then relax. Do this as many times as you like. This can help with blood circulation due to acupoints near the big toe, improving blood circulation to the pelvis area, helping incontinence. The best of it all, this can be done in stealth while at work.
  3. The Outward Flip. With feet and other toes flat on the floor, curl the big toe outwards to the direction of the small toe and hold the stretch for three seconds. Repeat for five times and enjoy gaining flexibility and dexterity over your big toe! On a more serious note, the stretching of the big toe does help with stimulation of the acupoints that can improve blood circulation to our pelvic area. So toe away!

As usual, if you experience symptoms that worry you, please consult your doctors for a more comprehensive evaluation.

In the meanwhile, take better care of your feet, and reap the rewards in getting fresh and staying fresh!

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