- Dr. Reza Tirgari, 54, from San Diego, California, shares his tips on TikTok
- He recently opened up about the physical ailments caused by high heels
- The doctor also shared his advice on how to mitigate these risks
A cosmetic surgeon has lifted the lid on the ‘dangers of high heels’ — and you may be hurting more than just your feet.
Dr. Reza Tirgari, 54, from San Diego, California, is known as @drreza_t on TikTok, where he has more than 516,000 followers thanks to videos about health and wellness.
The doctor, who is also a fitness instructor, recently detailed the physical ailments that are caused by wearing sky-high stilettos every day.
‘Ladies, you look great in high heels, but at what cost?’ he asked.
Dr. Reza Tirgari, a cosmetic surgeon from San Diego, California, detailed the ‘dangers of high heels’ in a recent TikTok video
The doctor explained that you are at risk for bunions, hammer toes, and ankle injuries when ‘you wear super high heels’
‘Bunions, hammer toes, [and] the risk of ankle injury and sprains skyrocket when you wear super high heels.’
And it’s not just foot deformities or injuries that you need to watch out for, according to the physician.
Tirgari explained that wearing heels may also increase the risk of back pain and knee issues because of the way they alter your body’s natural alignment.
‘It tightens your hip flexors, and it puts your back in a really unnatural position where your back has to compensate,’ he said.
‘What does that also do? It also reduces the shock absorption of the natural curvature of your spine, which is changed with high heels.
‘So you absorb stress differently, which can actually increase your back pain, and when you tighten those hip flexors, it gives you chronic tightness, which can lead to chronic back pain.’
Tirgari added that there is also some evidence that wearing heels may ‘change your knee torque and cause knee issues as well.’
‘So what do you do?’ he asked.
Tirgari added that frequently wearing sky-high stilettos may also increase the risk of back pain and knee issues because of the way they alter your body’s natural alignment
Tirgari concluded that if you reduce your heel height as much as possible and shorten the amount of time you wear them, you will ‘avoid a lot of these risks’
The doctor acquiesced that most women will continue to wear heels, but he advised reducing the length of time you have them on.
‘Don’t wear them all day at the office,’ he said.
Tirgari also recommended getting the ‘shortest heels possible’ and saving your stilettos for special occasions.
‘It’s not that bad,’ he said. ‘If you’re going to go out for a night on the town, then you can swap them out for higher heels.’
Tirgari concluded that if you reduce your heel height as much as possible and shorten the amount of time you wear them, you will ‘avoid a lot of these risks.’
The video has been viewed nearly 3,000 times since it was posted on Wednesday, and a couple of people took to the comments to share their thoughts.
‘I just wear them from the car to the restaurant table,’ one viewer shared.
‘I never wear heels,’ another added.
Someone else responded with emojis to show how upset she was by the news.