As many clubs, bars and restaurants start to re-open many of us will be getting ourselves ready to head out and that means bouncy blow dry’s, a nice bright lipstick and more than likely high heels.
High heels have actually been around since the 10th century but are they something we should be wearing everyday or maybe just the odd occasion when were heading out and want them to complete our outfit.
To really understand how high heels are affecting us we need to take a little look at the anatomy of the body. The feet are the foundation of the body and the position they are in will affect the whole position and alignment of every joint right up to your neck. This is because your foot has what is called a plantar fascia on the bottom of it which connects to your calf muscle which connects to your hamstring which attaches to your pelvis and therefore lower back which then leads right up to your neck.
So when we wear high heels the foot is forced into an abnormal position, this then stretches the plantar fascia which pulls into the calf, hamstring and lower back. As well as causing this puling sensation, walking on the balls of the feet also shifts our centre of gravity which will cause you to start to arch your back increasing the curvature in the lower back eventually leading to back pain.
So although a pair of heels can sometime really complete an outfit, many of us are suffering in style. We recommend only wearing heels if you have to for those special occasions and nights out but we definitely shouldn’t be wearing if you are currently experiencing back pain and if you’ve been wearing them everyday then it might be time to invest in a new style.
If you do have to wear heels here is a great stretch you can do before and after wearing them to minimise the risk to your back.
- Lay a book with a one-inch spine on the floor.
- While standing, place the ball of your right foot on the book and rest your heel on the ground.
- Bend forward at the waist and try to grab the toes on the book. (If you need to bend your knees a little, that’s OK).
- Hold for 30 seconds.
- Switch feet. Repeat two to three times.
- Gradually increase the height of the book by 1-inch increments per week to a maximum of 3 inches.
If you have been suffering with back pain and you would like our help then please do not hesitate to get in touch for a FREE DISCOVERY SESSION with one of our team of Chiropractors.
Yours In Health
Dr.Hannah Beard DC MCHIRO
Doctor of Chiropractic