Friday, December 9, 2011

Truth or Myth: Wearing High Heels Causes Varicose Veins

In the Philippines where I come from, Filipino female workers would usually leave their high heels in the office's drawer or workstation. They change their footwear from comfy slippers or "step-ins" to business or formal high-heeled shoes upon arrival. Corporate world aside, store attendants who are required by management to wear high heels while they stand for about 8 hours long attending to customers also change into flat shoes after work.

When I got to Singapore, day in and day out, I see many Singaporean ladies wearing really high-heeled pumps and stilettos while standing for a long time in the MRT or walking long distances to work. How can they stand the pain? I asked one local and she said she's just so used to wearing them already that she doesn't care about the pain anymore.

The females here wear corporate dresses or skirts, exposing their legs which have varicose veins.

Question is, does wearing high heels cause varicose veins?

In the Internet, at least, there are no real explanations pointing to "yes" as answer. Doctors do not have specific study results that can conclude this either. Jeffrey H. Miller, M.D. of Novi, MI conferred that there is no proven evidence that high heels cause varicose veins other than potentially sore feet (and back pain).

Craig I. Schwartz, D.O. of Vein Centers for Excellence of Kansas City shared that 
"high heels minimize the full range of motion of the foot and ankle when walking and therefore decrease the amount of flow by the "muscle pump" of the calf causing the vein issues."

The true reasons why varicose veins come out are of heredity, genetic or a history of blood clots. Mostly, women are likely to develop these spider veins than men, especially pregnant women, those taking birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy.

Lucky for you if varicose veins don't run in the family. But still be careful. Don't stand for long periods of time as there will be more strain on the legs and blood vessels. Varicose veins occur when the valve inside the vein becomes weak and so allows blood to leak and pool inside.

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  1. Varicosis veins can be caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins. The heart pumps blood filled with oxygen and nutrients to the whole body through the arteries.

    varicose veins

  2. I like your post about "Truth or Myth: Wearing High Heels Causes Varicose Veins" very nice post. It is very help full for Venous Reflux related disease.Also, i can suggest to solve
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  3. Yak, kakatakot ang photo. I don't mind whether the myth is true or not. Ang concern ko lang, pangit tignan ang legs with varicose veins.

  4. I agree that mybe its from hereditary. Because my mom never wear high heels only like maybe few times I only saw here but both of us have the same varicose veins. its not bad but annoying though. hehe xx

  5. Whether it is a myth or not a myth only thing you do is to take care of your feet and legs after you wear high heels. I am wearing high heels then,but in my case don't have that kind of disgusting varicose veins.

  6. That photo is a sight for sore eyes. This is a good reminder for readers who often wear high heels.

  7. I think a woman's legs will be more appropriate to show here than a man's because the subject of concern is high heels. Just my two cents. :)

    1. You are right! I will find a photo of a woman to show that. Thanks! :)

    2. Agree, right on target! hahaha. :d

  8. A perfect reminder to all of us that we should care for our feet and legs and not overuse them, even if varicose veins runs in the blood or not.

  9. I read somewhere that high heels are not the culprit but the faulty valves or weak vein walls. Older people and pregnant women are more prone to having varicose veins.

  10. Effective remedy for varicose veins is hanging your feet regularly on an elevated area while resting.

  11. Speaking of high heels, I avoid using them as much as possible because they cause me back pains and not because I'm afraid of varicose veins.

  12. I agree with franc. Hang your feet at you bed room wall before going to sleep... nakakrelax pa.

  13. I love wearing heels.
    but I always make sure that I always give the love and care that my feet needs.
    ugh. that photo is givin me the creeps.

  14. I think it looks like really scary but at some point in time women with varicose veins have different experience where and how they got it. But I guess proper caring for the feet and legs are very important. :)

  15. I agree! always wearing high heals can cause varicose veins. Woman with high risk for varicose veins like sales lady, because they stand with their heals for the long period of time.. i liked your post very informative!

  16. One way to prevent varicose veins is to elevate your legs for 15 mins when you get home before hitting the shower.

  17. Great information about varicose veins. I think girls needed more information about it so that they can prevent it from occurring. Taking vitamins and minerals along with proper exercise might help out. Right?

  18. yeah i have same issues when i have my ojt at hotel where we should wear high heels. it sucks, standing for 8 hours. thats why prefer offices na lang atleast nakaupo kahit nakaheels.