Shoes are the accessory…to the crime. It’s a crime when you show pain in your face and you look marvelous. High heels became fashionable in an attempt to make a woman’s legs look attractive but today’s tall, narrow heels can lead to foot problems, ankle instability or cause low back pain.
Wearing high heels for just a couple hours can create a pelvic tilt. The lumbar spine which is in the low back becomes involved. When your heels are elevated it pushes your legs up causing your pelvis to tilt forward and pivoting at the acetabulum which is in the hip joint.
As the pelvic tilts forward, it throws you off balance causing the lumbar spine to change position. The lumbar spine arches forward more and more in an attempt to keep the body balanced. This creates a hyperlordosis. Each vertebra in the spine has openings allowing nerves to pass through. Nerves carry sensory impulses. So, when the nerves are pinched they cause pain. Pain is your alarm.
Shoes were created to protect feet from the harsh weather and painful walking conditions. Fashion trends have turned these necessities into beautiful ornaments for your feet. Beware of repeated damage to your nerves. Real problems arise when nerve pain travels down your leg. This indicates that the large nerve in the back of your lower extremity, known as the sciatic nerve, has been irritated This condition is known as sciatica.
Proving your pain is tough. An x-ray can demonstrate any abnormal positioning of the lumbar spine, pelvis and boney changes best when the radiograph is taken when you are standing up. An MRI is a magnified view of these conditions taken when you lie down.
No matter how many doctors and specialists that you’ve seen, they will never know your pain unless they have walked a mile in your stilettos. The word stiletto comes from the word dagger. Balancing on the balls of your feet to be in style or vogue can send your back into a serious pelvic tilt.
Here are a few suggestions to stop a wardrobe malfunction:
- Make sure that your shoes are right size
- Learn how to walk properly in your heels before the event
- Use valet service or get dropped off at the door
- Sit down as often as you can while at an event
- Strengthen abdominal muscles if you plan to wear heels frequently
- Flexibility stretches for the erector spinae in the low back if you plan to wear heels frequently
- Always carry an extra pair of lower heeled shoes or flats which you can leave in the car
- Use shoe inserts in your tallest pair of shoes