Do you have clients who wear heels on a regular basis? According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) high heels are the number one cause of foot pain. High heels are bad for your health…yet, the average woman has nine pairs in her closet.
According an infographic shared on APMAToday, 71% of women who wear high heels say their heels cause them pain.
A life time of wearing heels will often result in back pain, pain in the ankles, knees, and hips, joint disease in your foot bones, hammertoes, calluses, bunions, ingrown toenails, and neuromas (an abnormal growth in your foot that is extremely painful). Wearing heels causes the Achilles tendon to shrink, while forcing your body to shift out of alignment. Because your alignment is thrown off, it’s possible for you to develop arthritis in your knees.
Some recommendation they offer include:
- Wear shoes with a wider, cushioned toe area
- Wear lower heels or wedges; two inches or less is better.
- Limit the amount of time you’re wearing heels.
- Alternate between different heel heights — low one day, higher the next.
Check out the blog to learn more about the postural problems your clients might be exposed to from wearing high heels too often.
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“In a highly functioning body, the neuro-myoskeletal system hangs in dynamic equilibrium, with each part balancing the other. But when a woman chooses to wear high heels, a new dynamic equilibrium occurs. If even one body part becomes fixed, the whole system must compensate with altered movement patterns, resulting in kinetic “chain” kinks.
Last week while going through TV channels, I happened to catch some interesting gossip from a cheesy entertainment show reporting that Stefani Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga, was being treated for low-back pain at a local physical therapy clinic. This uniquely talented, five-time Grammy Award winner and self- proclaimed “high heeled queen of sheen” has definitely done more to mess up low backs than anyone since Mike Tyson. So, here she is at the ripe age of 25 suffering back spasm.”