Falls are now the leading cause of death in people over the age of 75. Of course, many more people fall each year and survive (about one-third of people over 65), but falling can cause other problems and often leads to incapacitation.
Due to their smaller surface area, heels force you to make many small muscle adjustments as you walk and navigate the world. They force you to challenge your proprioception, which is the communication between your brain, your inner ear and your body. Whenever you wear heels, the balance challenge helps you maintain the ability to move with grace and encourages core strength. If you’ve never worn heels, you shouldn’t jump into wearing them nonstop. But if you are thinking you should give them up because you are getting older, you might want to rethink that idea.