While high heels can be the key to almost any outfit, most women know that fashion comes at a price. The most obvious problem that comes with wearing heels is sore feet. But along with foot problems comes an entire body of biomechanical deviation.
Starting at the foot, there is an increased amount of pressure put on the forefoot (the ball of the foot) the higher the heel. The knees are pushed forward causing an increased amount of stress on them. The pelvis rotates forward, which then leads to an increased curve in the low back in order to straighten to an upright position. The entire body is altered and misaligned which can lead to increased foot, knee, hip, low back, mid back, and neck pain with prolonged use of high heels.
Here are a few tips to help diminish the effects of wearing heels more than just occasionally.
- Opt for heels less than 2”
- Avoid wearing heels for an extended period of time
- Choose a variety of footwear to avoid everyday use of high heels
- Stretch the lower legs before and after putting heels on
- Avoid pointed toe heels when possible
Hazardous Heels: The Effects of High Heeled Shoes on Gait.
Taylor Schlotman and Mary Bailey