High Heels – Flat Feet…

12 Jan 2012

A new study by the University of East Anglia cites high heels as one possible cause of flat feet. The British Chiropractic Association warns that your back may be at risk too.

A new study by the University of East Anglia cites high heels as one possible cause of flat feet. This comes as no surprise to the British Chiropractic Association (BCA), wearing high heels can increase the curvature in the bottom of the spine and the amount of shoe that actually takes the weight of the wearer on the ground is so small that all the weight is concentrated to the ball of the foot.

Tim Hutchful, chiropractor and member of the British Chiropractic Association says:

“Good footwear is an essential. Our feet carry all of our weight and the shoes we chose have a lot to do with the way we walk and the pressure we put on the rest of the body. Feet need a surface which allows them to bend, grip and roll as you walk, which is difficult to do when constantly wearing heels. You don’t have to say goodbye to high heels, as should be safe to wear in moderation, but you need to make sure they fit properly and take extra care when walking.”

“Wearing the right shoes can improve posture. If the shoe supports your foot and allows you to use your foot properly, you can do as you please. If buying a pair of heels, make sure the shoe isn’t too tight, short or solid, otherwise you will restrict movement and you won’t be able to use your foot properly. Your local chiropractor will be able to give you some good advice regarding posture and footwear.”

Top tips for walking in heels:

  • Tense your pelvic floor muscles.
  • Keep your head upright and don’t stick your chest out.
  • Put your shoulders back and chest in.
  • Spread weight evenly over the whole shoe when walking.
  • Don’t walk too fast, be elegant.

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