Every woman loves the way her legs look in a killer pair of heels. However, most woman do not know what effects those great shoes have on their joint health. High heels change the foots biomechanics which in turn changes the entire alignment of the lower body and all the joints.
High heels can increase the pressure in your forefoot up to 76% and create misalignments in the hips, sacrum and spine. The abnormal amount of stress placed on the joints and muscles can in turn cause tendonitis, stress fractures, sprains, strains, and osteoarthritis. Habitual wearers of heels may also be in danger of developing a wide variety of overuse injuries.
So if your closet is stocked with the cutest heels that you cannot part with here are a few tips to keeping your joints healthy.
- High heels should be worn in moderation.
- Try not to wear sky high stilettos more than 3 days per week
- Stick to shoes with a heel of less than 1 inch when possible
- If you are going to be walking long distances, bring a change of shoes (preferably supportive sneakers) to walk in and change back into the heels once you have re
ached your destination
- Listen and take care of your body, if the shoes hurt your feet, back or any other body part do not force yourself to wear them