Are your High Heels Causing Back Pain?

It is pretty safe to say that majority of women love high heels. They make you feel more professional, sassy and fashionable. So it is no surprise that millions of women wear them on a daily basis but what they perhaps don’t realise is the detrimental effect the footwear are having on the rest of their body. Women are in pain and they don’t even realise it is caused by their high heels!
A high price to pay for fashion.


High heels put your feet in a plantar-flexed position (pointing downwards) and shift our weight on to the balls of your feet. So you’re essentially standing on your tippy toes and your body must compensate for the change in centre of gravity to stop you from falling over! The knock on effect of standing on the balls of your feet is that the lower part of your body shifts forward and the upper part of your body shifts backwards to keep you balanced and thus changes the angles and curves of your knees, pelvis, and spine. This all means that surrounding supportive muscles and ligaments have to work harder to maintain your upright position because your body is not in its correct posture to do so itself. This causes a huge amount of stress, strain and ultimately pain, which in the case of high heels is predominantly in the lower back.

Who would have thought that something as simple as a shoe could ruin your posture! We are standing beings, and although societal behaviours are progressing to an unnatural proportion of time spent sitting (at work, infront of the TV and so on), if we are not standing in our correct posture then we are on our pathway to permanent poor posture and pain.

The Chiros at Crows Nest, North Sydney, Mosman and Gladesville are experts in pain and posture. If you are suffering from back pain, knee pain, hip pain, or neck pain it is worth your while reconsidering your footwear and coming to have your posture realigned.

We are not saying that you should never wear heels, because quite frankly it is hard to give up life’s little pleasures completely, all we are saying is that you should limit your use as to minimise the negative effects they have on your posture. Furthermore we recommend you seek professional help from your local Lower North Shore Chiropractors in order to help you be the best that you can be.

Chiropractic care aims at realigning the joints in your body so that you are in the ideal posture for peak performance. Advanced Biostructural Correction (ABC) technique, used by the Spine and Health Chiropractors, acknowledges humans as standing beings and majority of their adjustments are thus performed in the upright position. Furthermore they view the feet as pivotal to misalignment – if the base of your upright position is out of alignment then other parts of your body must adapt to counteract it and thus alter your posture.

Poor posture causes a multitude of altercations in the body and ultimately results in pain. If you are in pain or would like to prevent the inevitability of pain caused by your poor posture please come and visit one of the Spine and Health Chiropractors in Crows Nest, North Sydney, Mosman or Gladesville. They will conduct a digital postural analysis and then together you can construct an action plan to improve your posture. To look better, feel better and move better please call the Spine and Health team today.

 So give your Manolo Blahnik’s and your spine a break. Learn to love your flats and your local Chiro!


Crows Nest                 Ph 9460 8459

 North Sydney              Ph 9955 8055

 Mosman                      Ph 9968 3577

 Gladesville                  Ph 9817 6611