As a petite woman, there are times when I try to wear stiletto, just to give me that extra confidence for the occasion. But I always have a plan B to avoid a sprained ankle (carrying extra flat slippers). I envy ladies who go all day in high heels without batting an eyelid, my guess is that they are just suffering and smiling! 

On a more serious note, frequent wearing of heels isn’t good for your lower limbs and back. When The Almighty created the feet, He made them flat and wide to serve as a comfortable shock absorber for the entire body weight. When you wear high heels, you put too much stress on your heel bones and toes. In order to maintain your balance, the stress is shifted upwards to your calf muscles. With time, the calf becomes more muscular and the veins around it become more prominent (and unsightly). This also promotes the emergence of varicose veins over time. 

By extension, the knees, hips and lower back adjust spontaneously, to give you that staccato gait as you catwalk. The result is pain radiating from the toes up to the lumbar spine. There is accelerated ageing of the joints and nerves, not to mention skin bruises and calluses on the feet. Of course, heels are “NO NO” when you’re heavily pregnant. 

Heels can make you look classy, but the long term effects outweigh the transient feelgood experience. You can look gorgeous in flats without getting a sprained ankle!


Author: Khadijah Sanni-Tijani

Khadijah is a young Nigerian woman, a muslim, a wife, a mum, a doctor and a blogger. She was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria. She is currently practising in Saudi Arabia.

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