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Lower Back Pain

Lower Back Pain

NECK AND SHOULDER PAIN

NECK AND SHOULDER PAIN

KNEE PAIN

KNEE PAIN

Do high heels cause low back pain?

The ever popular high heel shoe has been in fashion for decades.  

 

There is a belief that these fashion must haves cause low back pain but what do they actually do to the body?  

One of the cosmetic features of high heels is they highlight a woman’s curves.  They cause the back to arch and chest to thrust out. This position causes your pelvis to tilt forward, which in turn increases the curve of your back, making it more concave or dish shaped.  Being forced into this position causes significantly more muscle tension as seen on EMG, especially in the lowest part of the low back.

 

For each centimeter increase in the heel height, the curve increases by the same amount. This changes the way that your body controls your center of mass.  Who is most at risk for changes in the low back?  Younger high heel wearers have the most increase in their low back curvature compared to their older counterparts.

 

Another major finding in high heel shoes is the changes that happen in the way you walk.  When we walk, we have a normal fluid motion to our step.  This changes when wearing high heeled shoes.  The major change is an increase in vertical movement, which can lead to more compression in the low back and over time can cause injury.

 

The elevated nature of a high heel shoe and the increased angle of the foot cause higher vertical forces.  This can in turn cause additional compression in the legs and low back. 

Dr. Arseneau, DC

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