The right way to walk in heels

The right way to walk in heelsWith party season fast approaching and women everywhere dusting off their highest heels or shedding out cash for a flashy new pair – the British Chiropractic Association have put together a great list of tips which will help you to look after your back and maintain good posture while still wearing a knockout pair of shoes.

A recent study put together by researchers from the Faculty of Sports Science at Ningbo University in China has indicated that a proportionate 9 out of 10 high heel wearers experiences numbness, foot fatigue and soreness.

However, wearing a gorgeous pair of high heels can be a pleasure and not a chore, so long as you follow a few failsafe tips.

According to Tim Hutchful, a chiropractor and member of the British Chiropractic Association, generally the feet need a surface which allows them to grip, roll and bend as we walk, which is difficult to obtain when wearing high heels all the time. To avoid putting unnecessary pressure on the feet, try to limit the time you spend in high heels. For example, you could alternate daily between low and mid heels for work and save your high heels for special occasions and/or weekend wear.

“You don’t have to say goodbye to high heels, as they should be safe to wear in moderation, but you do need to make sure they fit properly and take extra care when walking”. He said.

Tim’s top tips for buying and walking in heels are as follows:

  • When trying on high heels, make sure the shoe is not too tight, too short, or too solid so as not to restrict the natural movement of the foot
  • Keep your head upright and don’t stick your chest out while walking
  • Try not to walk too fast
  • Distribute your weight evenly over the entire shoe, e.g. don’t walk on your tiptoes
  • Pull your shoulders back and tense your pelvic floor muscles when walking.

For further information about how a chiropractor could help you to improve your posture, please visit our Chiropractic Treatment page.

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Written by Emma Hilton

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