Fashion Doesn’t Have to Be Painful

Young Girl Wearing Skinny Jeans & High Heels

Chiropractors are seeing more and more bodily injuries caused by fashion, including skinny jeans and high heels.


Being a slave to fashion can be dangerous to your health. Efforts that are made to stay fashionable by wearing high heels, carrying heavy purses and bags, and squeezing into much too skinny jeans can lead to a variety of damaging affects. Such injuries can occur in the joint, nerve, and soft tissue areas in the pelvic, hip and sciatic regions that can cause pain, long-term foot issues, and back pain.

Chiropractors warn that there can be a physical cost for certain fashion trends. It is strongly suggested to both men and women, child or adult, that if something they are wearing causes pain and discomfort they should listen to what their bodies are trying to tell them.

Perhaps the biggest culprit is the high heel; which alters the way a human being naturally walks. The natural motion is for the heel to land first and then the foot rolls forward onto the ball and pushes off using the toes. When women wear high heels, the shoes push the person’s way forward so it is unevenly distributed. It causes problems with the feet, which then affects the ankles and eventually the back and hips. The toes don’t come away unscathed: heels create significant pressure at the big toe. Over time they can also shorten the calf muscles and the Achilles tendon.

Chiropractors suggest to wear heels in moderation for limited periods of time and not to wear them for walking long distances. In New York City, it is a common sight to see women in business suits walking down the streets in sneakers, with their heels slung over their shoulders in a shoe bag so they can change once they have reached their destinations.

After wearing heels, give your feet some TLC. Massage the bottoms of your feet or soak them. Do some calf stretches to go along with your homemade pedicure.

High heels aren’t the only footwear that can cause problems. Wearing flat shoes that offer no arch support too often can also create complications. So keep your flip-flops, Ugg boots, and your slip-ons—just don’t wear them constantly.

It has been widely reported how young children are turning up with lower back pain from lugging backpacks that are too heavy. The same holds true for college students who carry textbooks and laptops and personal items in oversized handbags or packs. Carrying a bag on one shoulder can cause muscle strains, especially in the neck. It is important to regularly switch the bag from one shoulder to the other. Messenger-style distributes the weight more evenly across the body.

Even skinny jeans can wreak havoc. Wearing pants that are too tight can press on nerves around the pelvis causing pain in the lower abdomen and outer thighs. Make sure the pelvis area isn’t too compacted once the pants are zipped.

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