Discover How High Heels Can Affect Your Body

November 30, 2014

high heelsHigh heels extend the body, show off defined calves and add a sultry strut to your walk. Are you aware that the very reasons for wearing high heels are also causes of damage to your body? Those who wear heels regularly and the people who love seeing them in them should be aware of the issues they can cause. Fortunately, if damage has already been done there are ways to deal with it and give you foot pain relief.

Since feet and knees are designed to absorb shock for the body, standing flat-footed distributes your weight evenly and your center of gravity is ideal. For every inch of heel you raise the back of your foot by, you are transferring weight to the ball of the foot and altering your center of gravity. This can lead to spinal and hip misalignment, shortened Achilles tendons and foot pain.

Although it would be ideal to abandon wearing high heels altogether, there are some tips you can follow to minimize their impact on your body.

  • Before putting on your dazzling shoes, perform some leg stretches with special focus on your calves.

  • Limit the amount of time you wear your heels and be sure to alternate between heels and flats.

  • If you wear your heeled shoes for long periods of time, remove them periodically and stretch out your legs and feet.

Whether you already have symptoms or wish to prevent them, you should see your doctor of chiropractic. Chiropractors focus on whole body healing in a non-invasive manner targeting areas of issue or developing care plans to avoid injury. Chiropractic may include a combination of spinal and joint adjustments to correct posture and remove nerve interference, massage, exercises to strengthen affected areas and restore range of motion and possibly even nutritional counseling to give your body its best chance to heal.

The bottom line in chiropractic is this- if you are suffering from symptoms due to misalignment from wearing heels, you are better off without nerve interference for foot pain relief. Chiropractic Lifecare of America can save you up to 50 percent on quality chiropractic. Call 800-775-7900 or contact us.

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