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Queenstown : Australia | Jan 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM PST
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7: Calf Step Stretch Fixes Low Back Pain

That pretty pair of stilettos raising the risk of health conditions of hammertoes, osteoarthritis and more

Sad but true those great pair of high heel shoes you just got on sale that causes pain while walking is not the price we pay for fashion but a symptom of real damage being done not only to your feet but your body as well.

Let us not forget the Ugg boots that women wanted and found out that they could be harsh to feet and ankles producing pain, throwing your walking off course and those health problems that occurred in the knees, hips and back.

Now comes the high heel that can produce permanent damage of the calf muscle due to the increasing mechanical strain on the muscles and shortening the muscle fibers and all due to that great pair of heels with flexed pointed toe position on the feet and it still remains when you kick off those heels and breathe a sigh of relief.

This new study which is the first of its kind was published last week in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

The studies idea had generated when Dr. Neil J. Cronin, postdoctoral researchers and associates at the Musculoskeletal Research Program at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia a little while back while having coffee on the campus had noticed a young woman woobling past them in high heels. According to Dr. Cronin “She looked quite uncomfortable and unstable.” Some who noticed the woman may have wondered why did she even buy the shoes? However, Dr. Cronin and his two associates study the biomechanics of walking. Being men of science they therefore had wondered what was happening at the muscle and the tendon level in women that wear high heels.

The study had been born. Researchers had recruited nine women who had worn high heels at least forty hours a week for a type frame of a minimum of two years. Another ten women were also recruited who rarely if ever wore high heels to be the control group. All women in the study were in the ages of late teens, twenties or thirties.

The women with their favorite pair of heels had gone to the lab. Both groups of women were outfitted with electrodes in order track leg muscle activity and motion capture reflective markers. The length of muscle fibers in the legs were measured with ultrasound probes.

All the women walked numerous times along a 26 foot hallway that had contained a plate to measure force generated as they walked. Control group walked the hallway ten times barefoot. The heel group women than walked the hallway ten times while barefoot and then again in their heels.

The findings of the study had suggested women walking in high heels walk with shorter and greater forceful strides and engage their leg muscles instead of tendons. This leaves them open to injuries and likely to have muscle fatigue.

Dr. Cronin stated to the Times “We think that the large muscle strains that occur when walking in heels may ultimately increase the likelihood of strain injuries.”

Switching the damage of heel wearers is no easy task. Switching to flats or tennis shoes only increase the risk of injury by forcing the foot into a new position according to this study.

Wearing high heels over and over is vastly known for an increased risk of health conditions like hammer toes, corns, bunions and even osteoarthritis. However, damage can go beyond that point as physicians note it can go past the legs such as the area of the back and in other areas and ways not readily noticed such as the heart.

Reported in Australia last year stilettos caused more injuries than sports. Emergency calls had risen from women who had endured dislocated knees, ankle fractures, broken wrists and even head injuries from fall off the heels.

Dr. Jacqueline Sutera, doctor of podiatric medicine in Manhattan and New Jersey offers some advice so you do not have to totally say good-bye to those stilettos.

Alternate your shoes so the tendon will not get use to the same height every day.

Stretch when you wear those heels. Sit in a chair and use a yoga band or even a twisted sheet will work slung tight around your foot. Pull band towards you and stretch toes forward.

While commuting to work wear flats and change into your heels at the office.

If your love those high heel shoes because they make your legs look sleek and or give you height, try a wedge, platform or chunky heel. The heel covers the walking surface more while placing less stress on the ball of the foot.

Dr. Scholl's sells insoles for high heels are sold at Walmart stores for under ten dollars and at Kmart stores.

If you start to notice pain in your feet and ankles when wearing high heels or any type of shoes it may a good time to visit the podiatrist and stop wearing them till you are checked. You may wish to stop at your chiropractor since they treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system to have your knees, back and hips check along with making sure your spine is proper condition.

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Bhutia has yet to recover from a calf muscle injury in his right leg
Bhutia has yet to recover from a calf muscle injury in his right leg
Debbie Nicholson is based in Detroit, Michigan, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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