Understanding How High Heels Can Hurt You

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Natasha Withers discusses the medical problems frequent high heel wearers can expect if they don’t switch to more supportive shoes.

    Dr. Natasha Withers: It's easy to be seduced by a cute pair of high heels, after all heels add inches to your stature and make your legs look longer and more shapely. But, overtime high heels can wreak havoc on your body.

    Elevating your heels places more weight on your toes, causing your body to tilt forward. To compensate you unconsciously lean backwards and overarch your back, creating a posture that can strain your knees, hips and low back.

    Overtime wearing high heels can shorten the muscles in your calves and lower back, leading to pain and muscle spasm. High heels can cause Plantar fasciitis and other foot problems.

    Anytime you wear shoes that restrict the natural shape of your foot, you are at risk for experiencing pain. If you wear heels only occasionally you may not experience any problems. But with repetitive wear you can develop unhealthy patterns that can persist even when you are not wearing high heels.

    Wearing shoes that allow your body to move naturally during walking will allow your feet, legs, hips, and back to stretch and can help keep from developing damaging repetitive body patterns.

    No matter how adept you feel at walking in heels, if you experience pain in your low back, neck or feet you should probably take a closer look at your shoe selection. Wearing the height of your heels and wearing flats may help.

    I am Dr. Natasha Withers, live well!