The heel of the mat­ter

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - ... Contd from p1 sanaya. chavda@ dnain­dia. net

TOO MUCH FUSS

Per­son­ally, I’m more com­fort­able wear­ing flats says Aastha Sharma, celebrity stylist. “One should wear heels when the sit­u­a­tion de­mands it. I think it was a great move by Ju­lia Roberts to show up bare­foot. Wear­ing heels shouldn’t be com­pul­sory, but op­tional. In fact, to­day, there are so many al­ter­na­tives to heels whether it’s wedges or flats or sneak­ers — it’s not like heels are your only op­tion to look smart and fash­ion­for­ward. Peo­ple shouldn’t be mak­ing such a fuss about footwear. Fur­ther­more, if you’re go­ing to work you should be able to wear comfy footwear, it should 100 per cent be a woman’s choice. With red car­pet events, you do need to put some more ef­fort to your look and heels can help you look taller and slim­mer.”

HEALTH IM­PACT

Dr Sachin Bhat, Or­tho­pe­dic Sur­geon, SRV Hos­pi­tal, says the ill­ef­fects of wear­ing high heels range from the ef­fects on toes all the way up to the back. “There might be bunions in the toes and it can also re­sult into a ham­mer toe where the toes are pointed down­wards as they are squeezed in the small footwear. As the balls of the feet take all the weight, there could be arthri­tis ( in­flam­ma­tion of joints of the toes). The soles would be sore as they are stretched. There can be as­so­ci­ated sprains and frac­tures of the an­kle. As the pos­ture changes while walk­ing with heels there would be long- term ef­fects on the back and spine, and could give rise to chronic pain. If you must wear heels, wear it on days when there is less walk­ing in­tended. Re­move them of­ten, ev­ery 30 min­utes, and stretch the calf mus­cles and the foot mus­cles.” Kris­ten Ste­wart wore sneak­ers on the red car­pet at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val

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