High heels a high risk


Women love their heels, but at what expense? The Sports Injury Clinic in Frankston explores the science behind wearing heels and the impact on your body.

By wearing high heels we are raising the hindfoot to create unwanted force through our anatomically smaller metatarsal bones. Once the tissue can no longer tolerate the excessive forefoot loading, injury will likely ensue. This is why forefoot pathologies such as corns, neuromas and stress fractures are common in high heel wearers, especially around Spring Racing Carnival time.

In heels, the ankle is placed in an unstable position. The base of the high heel is often narrowed and is the reason for many sprained ankles. High heels exaggerate the pelvis position, which not only over-activates your back muscles and hip flexors, but places increased stress and compression on your spinal joints, resulting in back pain.

Email The Sports Injury Clinic at [email protected] for any further information on high heels, alternative shoes or injury advice.


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