Did you know that your shoes could be causing health problems for you? Here's how to make sure you're safe in your footwear
Ladies listen up! We all love the look of high heels but it’s not just sore feet at the end of the night that towering shoes can cause. The long term effects are much worse in some cases. Here’s what donning stilettos and the like can do to ours bodies if we’re not careful and here’s how to try preventing serious damage.
How to avoid damage 1) Don’t wear heels for long periods of time. Keep a pair of heels at work if you must wear them around the office and commute in comfortable trainers instead
3) Use insoles to stop your feet from slipping forward thus redistribution weight incorrectly
4) Make sure your shoes are the right size (with enough time to wriggle your toes)
5) The shape is also very important, some stores sell wider versions of their regular styles. Avoid a pointy front
6) Switch shoes often, alternating each day if you can to allow shoes to ‘breathe’’ and bound back into shape
7) Stretch before and after putting shoes on What’s the worst that could happen?
They put pressure on your spine... ‘Heels are not recommended as they force your foot forward, changing the position of your body so your weight isn’t evenly distributed over the spine. This can trigger pain from your knees all the way up to your back. Also, in order to maintain balance, the calf, hip and back muscles become tense, causing muscle fatigue and strain,’ says Dr. Emad Aziz Tawfik, Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon, Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery.
This could result in back pain... Strain in the thighs and hip flexors forces an increased curve in the spine, the proper term is called lordosis, and can mean some serious back problems.
Then there’s the possibility of trapped nerves... If you feel cramps, muscle spasms, tingling or numbness that may be a sign your footwear is effecting you. ‘The change in the curvature of the spine also puts pressure on nerves in the back and can cause sciatica, a condition where nerves become trapped, triggering pain and numbness as far down as the feet,’ Tawfik continued.