The devil wears Prada… by the devil, I mean our feet. We are our own worst enemy when it comes to wearing high heels for prolonged periods. There is no denying that a pair of Valentino 4-inch heels would be a perfect statement to go with any little black dress. However, as far as Physiotherapists are concerned, the only statement these shoes will be making is a painful one.
The simple elevation of the heels causes a chain reaction from the toes to the neck that can lead to a range of problems. Common issues seen in high-heeled culprits include:
- shortened muscles;
- lower back pain;
- poor posture;
- plantar fasciitis;
- pinched nerves;
- hip pain; and
- other joint issues.
Your back is designed with precise natural curvatures that optimise shock absorption to protect your back.
When we wear heels the lower back is forced to curve even more. This adaption decreases the overall stability in the trunk.
Have you been experiencing pain for a long time but have found treating the area of pain has not been effective for you OR is your recovery only short term and you continue to reinjure yourself?
Sometimes treating your symptomatic or painful area can be ineffective or give only short term relief.
Assessing using the framework of “ConnectTherapy” considers the complicated network of physical connections in the human body, as well as, other factors such as social and emotional contributors that may be relevant to the pain that you are experiencing.
Without addressing these factors in a holistic and collective way the real root of your problem or pain will remain unchanged.
Dr Linda-Joy Lee is a Physiotherapist and creator of the treatment model called ConnectTherapy. Her research is driven by her unconventional thinking and her passion about changing people’s lives. The framework integrates current scientific research with her clinical expertise. A detailed and thorough assessment process is used to determine how all areas of the body are linking and interacting with each other during a specific task.
ConnectTherapy aims to find the root of the problem to prevent the injury from reoccurring.
Over time, your body can learn bad habits with basic movements or postures. These bad habits may occur as compensation for previous injuries or as a result of asymmetries that may develop from work, recreation or sporting activities.
Ultimately, these lead to altered mechanics of movement which are often accompanied by pain and dysfunction. Any functional task, whether it be sustained postural positions or dynamic activities requires integration and effective performance of all regions of the body. Effectively, the whole body has to work well together to allow us to function and perform well. This is why it is essential to assess the whole body, not just the area that is in pain or symptomatic.