LETTER K: #KUTOO

Yes, it’s a rebel against forced and biased work etiquette. Isn’t is surprising that it is compulsory for women in Tokyo to wear high heels to work!

The protest against this practice was started as the #kutoo campaign.
Many Japanese women joined hands against the rule of wearing high heels at work and that movement was made viral with the hashtag KuToo.

#KUTOO is a combination of the Japanese words for a shoe (kutsu) and pain(kutsuu).

Experts quote “Wearing High heels is not work etiquette, it’s a chronic injury!”

Across the globe, high heels are reflected as a status symbol. In fact, it is a must wear for all female celebrities even in India, irrespective of their heights! They may add a charm to your personality but they end up taxing your body.

Following are some of the disadvantages of wearing high heels:

*Hammered Toe: an entire deformity can arise in a completely healthy foot due to the use of high heels. In this the alignment changes, toes bend downward instead of pointing forward. This is not only cosmetically bad but also very painful.

*Foot pain: heels are basically designed to just look good, they do not offer the required support to feet and so uneven weight distribution causes pain in toes, sole, the arch of a foot or even an entire heel.

*Ankle Sprain: a study showed that 73% of ankle sprains in females was due to high heels! This number seems big, but is true given the awkward landing associated with high heels especially on irregular terrain or after prolonged standing and walking.

*Ligaments: It deteriorates the strength of the ligaments and makes feet more prone to injuries and falls.Owing to it the support necessary for joint stability is reduced.

 

*Calf problem: Calf muscle is located at the back of your leg. One of its components the Soleus muscle is known as the peripheral heart of the body. It is responsible for pumping blood against gravity back to the heart. High heels make this strong muscle sore and strained. This has a very serious effect on the body.  

*Knee pain: The unnatural curvature of the foot caused by high heels produces a significant load on the knee joints as well. Degeneration process accelerates in such cases and may even cause early arthritic changes.

*Back pain: A study showed nearly 58% of models had back pain after they started wearing high heels for as little as 3 weeks. This is because the feet are designed to bear the weight of the body but with high heels, entire weight distribution is changed which loads spine. It can even damage the smooth functioning of the spine and inflammation sets in.

*Circulatory problem: High heels disturb the normal circulation of blood and lymph. It is also a leading cause for a condition known as ‘Spider Veins’.

*Posture problem: Though high heel allow you to look taller but it strains every part from bottom to top, leading to faulty postures and associated musculoskeletal problems.

The aim of this movement was to allow women to choose their own footwear for work. It also seeks to shatter the notion that flats are not appropriate or formal. In India we are blessed to have the freedom to choose what we wear, so why not give healthy footwear a chance?