High heels have been a popular fashion trend for women for years, but prolonged use can cause negative effects on your back, knees, and feet. Shifting your center of gravity when wearing high heels causes muscle tightness and spasms, as well as an increased curvature in the lower back. At our office, we aim to help frequent wearers of high heels lessen the effects of back pain caused by them.
Wearing high heels for extended periods can cause your body posture to adapt, leading to certain muscles working harder than they should while others become weaker. For example, high heels weaken gluteal muscles while tightening hip flexors responsible for raising your knee toward your chest – a common cause of back pain. Additionally, sitting at a desk job with high heels exacerbates this issue.
If you want to continue wearing high heels without causing long-term damage to your back, we offer several solutions:
- Regularly stretch hip flexors
- Choose lower heel shoes
- Strengthen “core” muscles through yoga or pilates
- Receive regular chiropractic treatment