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HIGH HEELS CAN CAUSE BACK PAIN

Eric G. Walter, DPM, professor of orthopedic surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and director of podiatric medicine and the surgery center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, says heels cause the calf muscles and hamstrings to shorten. “That can result in tightening of the back muscles. And the longer muscles are tight, the more abnormal pull there is on joints. This can lead to muscle spasms and either low or mid-back pain.”

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Dr. Eric Walter

Heels can also shorten the muscle groups in the upper leg, causing hip muscles to overwork and torque the hip joint. “This can cause abnormal pressure to the sacroiliac joint and low back pain,” Dr. Walter adds. He recommends wearing heels that are 2 inches or lower. “Stretching the calves and hamstrings will decrease the effect of the heels on shortening muscles,” he adds.

Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.

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