Achilles' heels

For some, the Achilles heel is laziness, for others, it's envy, chocolate or alcohol, in short, a weak point that can be harmful in the long run.

And what if our Achilles heel was precisely our heel? Or at least, what we do with it and, especially, how we treat it. Have you ever paid attention to the health of your heel?

There are those who walk on their heels, mostly men, and those who walk in high heels, mostly women. In either case, your whole body is at risk of suffering over time.

WALKING ON THE FOREFOOT

First of all, high heels. Normally, when the foot rests flat on the ground, the weight of the body is distributed between the forefoot, which supports 40% of the body's weight, and the hindfoot, which supports 60% of the body's weight.

Walking in high heels obviously shifts the body's center of gravity forward, so the forefoot must support up to 90% of the body's weight, depending on the height of the heels. The front part of the foot is not predisposed to support such a load. Imagine a whole day, a week, a month, a year. It's not surprising that the toes become deformed and that pain in the feet, knees, hips and back appear and eventually do not disappear. 

This way of walking goes on even when you remove your shoes. Most people who walk in high heels continue to walk on the forefoot even without shoes.

HEEL-FIRST WALKING

At the other end of the spectrum, there are those who walk on their heels and seem to be wearing concrete slippers, making the ground shake as they go. It's not much better! The weight of the body then rests almost entirely on the back of the foot and on top of that, there is the shock of each step on the ground, which slowly and deviously brings its share of problems to the lower back, the vertebrae and the knees as well. 

Whether you walk on the forefoot or the heels, let's hope there's no one living underneath. For them, it's like the ordeal of the water drop, no less! Depending on the floor you walk on, hell can quickly look like this to them.

PUTTING ALL THE ODDS IN FAVOR OF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE FOOT

Obviously, it's necessary for the physical and moral health of everyone, that the weight be perfectly distributed on the whole foot. This is not always possible, so to help and put all the odds in favor of the right side of the foot, we must also consider the floor covering on which we walk. While carpet seems to be the way to go when it comes to comfort and noise reduction, there are many "Beaulieu quality" products that offer the same benefits, but for those who would prefer to go with a laminate or even luxury engineered vinyl, the choice is wide!

Whether it's for your short- or long-term health or for the mental health of those around you, walk, but walk well, on something beautiful, on something good.

 

Ref. Orthopaedic Health Site