heel causes backpain?
November 19, 2008 10:05am CST
i've heard many say that pointed heels causes back pain, however flat heels dont cause any other trouble except for ankle pain. i am not a frequent user of heels, but i want to know whether it is really true?
28 Nov 08
Wearing high heels is especially stressful on the joints of the foot because all of the body's weight rests there; the foot is then forced into a narrow, pointed toe box, compounding the problem. Heels force the thigh muscles to work harder, putting extra strain on the knee joint and tendon that runs from the knee cap to the thigh bone. Compared with walking barefoot, high heels increase the pressure on the inside of the knee by 26 percent. Over time, this increased pressure on the knee can lead to osteoarthritis. Metatarsalgia is pain in the ball of your foot, often caused by wearing high heels. The higher the heel, the greater the pressure on the ball of your foot. A three-inch heel, for example, exerts about 76 percent more pressure than a flat shoe. You can try a metatarsal pad to help relieve the pain, but it's also a good idea to change shoe styles to low or flatter heels.