3 Reasons Women Shouldn’t Wear High Heels

3 Reasons Women Shouldn’t Wear High Heels

High heels have long been a fashion staple, often seen as a symbol of elegance and style. Many women choose to wear them to enhance their appearance and confidence. However, it’s essential to consider the potential impact of high heels on the body, particularly the spine. Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan often encourage our practice members not to wear heels at all – and here’s why.

Altered Spinal Alignment

One of the most noticeable effects of wearing high heels is the alteration of spinal alignment. High heels force the body forward, causing an unnatural curvature of the spine. This forward-leaning posture places excessive pressure on the lower back, leading to discomfort and potential long-term issues. Prolonged wear of high heels can contribute to conditions such as lumbar strain, herniated discs, and chronic lower back pain.

Wearing high heels can cause misalignments in the spine, affecting the nervous system’s proper functioning. Chiropractic care can help realign the spine, alleviate discomfort, and prevent further damage after wearing high heels regularly, but it is best to never have these issues at all.

Increased Risk of Falls and Injuries

High heels can make walking and maintaining balance more challenging. The elevated heel height shifts the body’s center of gravity forward, making it easier to lose balance and potentially fall. Falls due to high heels can result in injuries ranging from ankle sprains to fractures and even head injuries in severe cases. Such incidents not only cause immediate pain but can also lead to long-term musculoskeletal issues.

Impact on the Achilles Tendon and Calves

Wearing high heels continuously can lead to shortening and tightening of the Achilles tendon and calf muscles. This can result in discomfort, reduced flexibility, and an increased risk of conditions like Achilles tendonitis and calf strains. The constant strain on these muscles can lead to chronic pain that extends up the back of the leg, affecting overall mobility and comfort.

For women who wear high heels regularly, a Rochester Hills chiropractic appointment can include adjustments to alleviate tension in the lower extremities, along with stretches and exercises to improve muscle length and flexibility.

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