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Can High Heels Cause Back Pain?

High Heels

When you wear high heels, your lower back is arched more than normal because the body weight is pushed forward. The higher your heels are, the more you will arch your back. Spending hours with your body in this unnatural alignment can lead to muscle spasms and back pain. Tight hamstring muscles, which attach to the back of the pelvis and lower back, can also make your back ache. Studies have also shown that high heels can take a toll on your hips, knees and feet. They can cause ingrown toenails, pinched nerves, and some say they can also lead to osteoarthritis in your knees.

What You Can Do

If you still do not want to give up your heels, there are a few things you can do to manage some of the negative impacts your heels can have on your body. Maybe lower the height of your heels. Don’t wear 6 inch heels, but try 4 or even 3 inch heels. When heading out to an event, consider taking an extra pair of flats with you. This way, you can switch into some more comfortable shoes at the end of the night. Wearing wedges may not necessarily help with your body’s posture, but they will at least feel a little more stable when you walk, especially when you have to walk on uneven sidewalks or are attending a party outdoors in some park.

If you stop wearing heels but your back pain persists, contact a an expert.

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