We have a tradition here in D.C. on the night before Halloween. Its not as PG-rated as decorating your apartment with cobwebs, dancing to Thriller in the dark, making ghosts out of tissue paper, or carving jack-o-lanterns into your pumpkin. We have the High Heel Drag Race!
That's right, 50 Halloween costumed drag queens race in high heels down the 17th street strip. I have never seen this in the four years I have lived in DC, so I thought it was time to check it out. Needless to say, it was hilarious and fun time. Luckily no one broke a nail, lost their wig, or smeared their mascara in the heat of competition.
This event got me thinking about how wearing a high heel would affect the wearer.
What high heels does to the foot and ankle complex:
Calf muscle is shortened ( contracted) as toe is always in a pointed position
No arch support for the foot
Decreased ability to absorb ground reaction forces
This all may result in:
Increased stress on the ankle, knee, hip, and up through entire kinetic chain
Muscle imbalances from a tight and overactive calf complex
Foot will look to flatten out (inversion) or arch up (eversion)
Increased rotational forces on the knee joint
Decrease in power output for jumping, running, jumping, and changing directions
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not telling you to throw away your favorite pair of stilettos and sport something more orthopedic . I appreciate all pain and discomfort ladies (and after tonight, some gents) have to go through to wear heels. I think it is well worth it and looks great, but know the consequences of your fashion.