Back Pain From High Heels… Among Other Aches

Achilles’ Heel: Need to check whether high heels are right
7 Sep, 2008,
The Economic Times

A colleague recently narrated an interesting tale about how her doctor had traced high heels as the reason behind her back pain. Now, most of us know that stilettos and style make most women go tip-toe and maintaining equilibrium with elan is more of an art than science for them. But before you shop for that show-stealer pair, do you spare a thought for the hazards of high heels?

Let’s understand why your style statement may come at a high price? In fact, doctors feel that the current craze for superhigh heels with very narrow toes create problems for the feet. Round-toes shoes with five or even seven-inch heels, in vogue now, are hardly better. As for the popular thongs — they expose feet and cause frequent accidents.

They suggest that the best shoes for healthy feet mimic the foot’s natural shape, while offering support to the arch and a flexible sole underneath the toes. More…