Are Your Best Heels Causing Your Knee Joint Pain?

by Sumdima Rai
Did you know that cases of knee arthritis are on the rise, especially among women? While rising rates of obesity is one key factor, another reason is that women tend to have wider hips, which add to the weight exerted on their knees.

And wearing high heels only makes this worse!

High heels shift your foot forward into an unnatural pose, causing extra weight on your toes. This changes the dynamics of walking and adds strain on your hips, lower back, and knees resulting in knee joint pain. Results of studies by researchers indicated a large increase in bone-on-bone forces in the knee joint, which was directly caused by the increased knee joint extensor movement during high-heeled walking. This may explain the higher knee joint pain in women as compared to men.

A study conducted at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte has found that wearing high heels leads to instability and weakening of muscles. Tricia Turner, associate professor of kinesiology and athletic training coordinator in the College of Health and Human Services at UNC Charlotte, says, “High-heeled shoes change the normal walking or gait cycle (a cycle begins when one foot contacts the ground and ends with the same foot contacting the ground again), with the ultimate result being a less fluent gait cycle. Changes at the ankle caused by high heels cause the muscles higher in the leg and back to lose efficiency and strength.”



So consider investing in comfortable footwear if you don’t want to strain yourself with the burden of premature knee joint pain. Generally, the higher the heel, the more stress it places on your knee joints. Both a stiletto or a wedge increase pressure on your knees in the places where degenerative knee joint pain often occur. Reserve your high heels for special occasions.

Before wearing heels, stretch your lower leg muscle by pulling your foot to your body with the help of a towel and hold that position for 30 seconds. Strengthen your ankle muscles by using a Thera-Band to resist ankles as they push up, out, and in. Balance by standing on one leg for 30 seconds, one at a time.

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