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Love High Heels? They May Be Causing You Back Pain

By Virginia Laird

Are you aware that your fashion may be causing pain for your back? While it can be tempting to invest in and wear the latest fashion trend, it is best to choose shoes based on comfort rather than style. Chiropractors have long advised that heels taller than two inches should be avoided. As an avid high heel lover myself, it can be difficult to follow this suggestion. Wearing high heels too often can be detrimental to your back. Some of the reasons why these shoes can cause back pain include:

  • High heels offer no cushion for the foot
  • High heels alter your natural stride and posture
  • High heels put too much stress and weight on the back

High Heels Offer No Cushion for the Foot

If you have ever worn a beautiful pair of high heels you know that there is little to no support and cushion with any of this type of shoe. This can lead to painful walking. Chiropractors recommend that high heels should be worn as little as possible. For some, it is recommended heels should not be worn at all. Chiropractors recommend the best shoe for the back and spine is one which offers exceptional cushion and support. Following this guideline can help keep your spine healthy and ready for the day.

High Heels Alter Your Natural Stride and Posture

Chiropractors suggest one sure way to invite back pain into your life is to wear shoes that alter your natural stride and posture. It is best to recognize the effect high heels have on the body. Chiropractors advise to wear heels with caution as some of the damage they cause can be permanent.

High Heels Put Too Much Stress and Weight on the Back

If you are one who loves a high heel and struggles with back pain, it may be time to consider investing in shoes which do not exceed two inches in the heel. Chiropractors advise that wearing heels which are too tall put an enormous amount of stress on the back. This leads to pain and restriction. If you are one who simply cannot avoid wearing these shoes, it may be wise to find a way to limit the amount of time you spend in them. Consider wearing more comfy shoes to the car, and from the car to the office. Even breaks as limited as this can help relieve some of your back pain.

For those who live by the old saying “beauty is painful” and prefer to continue wearing these heels, it may be wise to begin routine chiropractic care. Your chiropractor can use small, gentle adjustments to the back which can restore function and manage back pain. If you are ready to begin your routine care, drop by The Joint Chiropractic in your community. With no appointment necessary, getting started is a s easy as stopping by on your way home from work.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Webster, Tex.

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