A high price to pay for fashion

High heels may look good, but they can cause big problems for people who wear them on a regular basis. Many women don’t realise that high heels can cause issues like back and neck pain.
When you wear high heels, all of your weight is put onto the balls of your feet. This puts immense strain on the forefoot and creates a domino effect.

High heels cause us to stand in an un-natural posture. This can cause issues anywhere from the foot and ankle, through to the knee, spine and even the back of your head!

The overuse of high heels is associated with:

  • Achilles tendon problems
  • Ankle sprains and strains
  • Pain and inflammation of the joints (e.g. Arthritis)
  • Muscle tension
  • Foot problems
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Numbness
  • Sharp pain
  • Stress Fractures
  • Nerve Damage
  • Calf muscle chronic shortening
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Mid Back pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Headaches

Wearing high heels on a regular basis can cause posture to remain poor even when not wearing high heels. While high heels are fashionable, regular use can have extremely detrimental effects to the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system.

If you have to wear heels, consider ways of minimising the need to wear them. Consider changing shoes once you reach work, and pack sensible shoes that are suitable for walking, or use after events into your bag if possible. Your whole body (not just your feet) will thank you for it!

A chiropractor may be able to help with issues caused by high heels. Chiropractic assessment and adjustment of the joints from the foot all the way to the head and the neck will assist in restoring better motion of the joints. Restored motion allows better function the affected areas, and the body as a whole.

This article has been adapted from the ‘Your Chiropractor’ newsletter, distributed by both Jowlett and Moulton Chiropractors and Mornington Chiropractic. Request your free copy today!

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